After St. Paul high school receives tip, student found with gun

A student was found with a gun at a St. Paul high school Monday afternoon after the school received a tip.

No threats were made and no one was injured, Central Senior High School Principal Cherise Ayers wrote in a letter to parents.

Police responded to the school at Lexington Parkway and Marshall Avenue about 2:15 p.m. on information that a student had a gun in the school.

A student who was confronted was found to not have a gun, said Sgt. Mike Ernster, a police spokesman. With more information, another student was identified as now having the gun.

Officers and school security went to talk to him and, when he was brought into a hallway, he tried to run away, Ernster said. Officers caught up with him and took him into custody. He was found with a handgun.

The student was taken to the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center. Police are investigating who at the school had the gun, Ernster said.

In November, a 16-year-old was charged with having a pistol with an extended magazine at Central High School.

“I can’t stress enough for all members of our Central community to say something if you see or hear any safety concerns,” Ayers wrote. “It is not lost on me that this is the second such incident we have had this school year. It is also the second time that we have had a safe outcome. This only happens when we are working together to care for everyone. If you have any weapons in your home, make sure they are safely stored and not accessible. All reports or tips are investigated.”

The school was put into “a hold in place” during Monday’s incident and dismissals were delayed by a few minutes while police left the building, Ayers wrote.

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