Police investigate gun-related incidents at Fruitland High School

This stock photo shows the exterior of Fruitland High School in 2015.

There are still questions regarding an incident in which a student at Fruitland High School was allegedly found to be in possession of a gun  on school grounds in early November. 

Fruitland Police Chief JD Huff during a phone interview on Thursday said the incident involved a 15-year-old student who allegedly brought a handgun to the parking lot on Nov. 7. He said no weapon was taken inside the school, adding that the gun was not discharged.

Payette County Prosecutor’s Office declined a request for information related to the case, including what potential charges might be faced, as of Tuesday afternoon. 

“I won’t be providing any information or commenting at this time. Sorry for the inconvenience,” wrote Payette County Prosecutor Ross Pittman in an email.

Huff said he did not have any specific information about charges, but said that the minor could potentially be facing two felony charges related to the incident.

Huff said he believed the student, whose name is being withheld due to his age, made a threat and that someone else saw the gun.

A request for more information from the police chief on Tuesday was unreturned by press time.

Huff said the incident was the second gun-related incident that happened recently at the high school, with the second happening about two weeks prior.

In that case, the chief said, although firearms were brought on board school property, upon investigation it was discovered the guns had been left in a vehicle from hunting.

That case “was handled administratively within the school,” Huff said. 

“Even for students in a rural community, they still can’t have guns on school property,” Huff cautions.

A request to Fruitland School District Superintendent Teresa Fabricius remains unreturned. 

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