Extra security at Millbrook high after juvenile had AR-15 on campus, parents demand answers

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Friday, February 24, 2023
Juvenile had AR-15 on high school campus in Raleigh, he is now in police custody: RPD
The juvenile suspect is not a student at Millbrook High School, RPD said. Additional officers will be on campus Friday.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Law enforcement officers in Raleigh confirm a student had a gun on a high school campus during a basketball game Thursday night and extra security will be on hand Friday at the school because of the incident.

Raleigh Police Department (RPD) said they were dispatched to Millbrook High School on call involving a gun around 8:40 p.m.

Police said a male juvenile was found with an AR-15 in his possession. He was taken into custody with the assistance of the Wake County Sheriff's Office and Wake County Public Schools' (WCPSS) Security.

The juvenile suspect is not a student at Millbrook High School, RPD said.

RPD said extra law enforcement personnel will be on campus Friday. Juvenile petitions and secure custody order are being pursued against the suspect, according to RPD.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

ABC11 spoke with one father who said what happened is "insane" and he's demanding answers.

"There's a problem that a kid got into a basketball event with an AR-15. How do you do that? It's not a handgun that he hide. It's an AR-15. So all the schools in this country need to get their act together. They should definitely have armed security," said John Rainey.

Officers have confiscated guns from students on campus across the Triangle in the last few weeks.

Law enforcement in the Triangle are investigating numerous social media threats involving schools that have resulted in lockdowns and early dismissals. In addition, extra law enforcement officers have been positioned on some of those campuses the following day.

Law enforcement and school officials have warned students of the dire consequences for making threats.

They are urging parents to secure the weapons they have at home.

The county recently hired a third-party security firm to take a comprehensive look at security measures at all schools. Findings were presented at last week's school board meeting.

While the company did not recommend metal detectors, a district spokesperson said the measure is still on the table and Rainey said he backs that option.

"How did that kid get the gun? It's not a matter of lets get rid of guns, like people want to do. It's the school's responsibility to ensure the students are safe, whatever it takes. Whether they need to have security checking people before they come in."

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