Police Seize Two Guns at Cooper High School After Fight
New Hope police seized two guns from students at Cooper High School on Thursday, Nov. 16.
“Thankfully nobody was hurt,” wrote Cooper High School Principal Shaunece Smith in an email to families. “However, it doesn’t diminish the anxiety this news brings our students, their families and our staff.”
According to the Robbinsdale School District:
A fight broke out between three students on Thursday morning. School staff members separated the students and called the New Hope Police Department.
Police officers arrived at the school and searched two of the student’s backpacks. During the search, police found and confiscated two guns, one from each backpack.
Since the students were already in custody, the school did not enter into lockdown procedures, school officials said.
Smith noted that the school will follow district discipline guidelines for the students following the incident.
“I’m sorry for any anxiety this may have caused you and your student,” Smith wrote. “We work to create an environment in which all students feel welcome and safe. If your student wishes to talk about what happened, our Care and Support staff members are always available. Students are often aware of situations before adults, so please remind your child that it is important for them to report concerns to a trusted adult.”
New Hope police said that both juveniles involved in the incident were arrested. They were booked at the Hennepin County Juvenile Center pending charges.
The investigation remains active.