15-year-old arrested, handgun found on campus of Antelope Valley High

A 15-year-old student at Antelope Valley High School has been arrested after bringing a gun on campus. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says a community member alerted school security that a student was possibly possessing a weapon on school grounds. The school quickly notified the School Resource Officer, during their investigation they found a 15-year-old boy in possession of a handgun.

The student said he had brought the gun to school for protection, the sheriff’s department stated. The student was taken into custody and transported to Eastlake Juvenile Hall and held without bail.

The sheriff’s department says there is no indication the student had any plans to harm himself or other students.

Law enforcement encourages parents to talk to their kids about safety and the dangers of possessing weapons. 

“Should your child feel unsafe or have any issues that are causing them to feel the need to protect themselves, school counselors, administrators and school resource deputies are all available to help resolve those issues,” the department said in a statement. 

The arrest comes a day after a 16-year-old student at Saugus High opened fire on campus… shooting five students, ultimately killing two, before turning the gun on himself.