Shortly after 9:00am today, Wednesday, January 6th, 2021, a Casper Police School Resource Officer received a report regarding a safety concern at Kelly Walsh High School. The officer was told that a student at Kelly Walsh showed a firearm to another student.
The School Resource Officer immediately responded and found the suspected student. Within minutes of the initial report, the student was safely brought into custody.
Officers retrieved the firearm which was quickly determined to be unloaded.
The student was transported to the Casper Police Department to be interviewed. The purpose of why the student brought the firearm to school remains under investigation.
At this time, the student has been arrested for one recommended felony charge of aggravated assault.
The Casper Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident. Additional information will be released as it becomes available and as allowed by law concerning the involvement of a juvenile.
This incident highlights the importance of and purpose of our School Resource Officer program. In this case, the onsite SRO was able to immediately be notified, investigate, and respond to this situation before any further potential action could be taken by the suspect.
We would like to thank the Natrona County School District for their assistance in this matter.
The Casper Police Department is dedicated to the protection and safety of our community through the highest standards of professionalism in police services.