Parent Reports Seeing Gun Near Berkeley High

By Bay City News
Wednesday March 30, 2011 - 08:47:00 PM

A parent of a Berkeley High School student reported seeing someone with a gun in his waistband near the campus this afternoon, Berkeley police said. 

Berkeley police got a call at about 3:10 p.m. from a school staff member who said a parent had reported seeing a young man along the western perimeter of the campus who may have had a black gun in his waistband, police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said. 

Police arrived at the school in under a -minute, and began searching the area for the young man, Kusmiss said. 

A safety officer from the high school had trailed the suspect from a distance and last saw him at Martin Luther King Jr. Way just north of Bancroft Way. 

Police detained a group of people near the edge of the campus along Martin Luther King Jr. Way, but the parent who had notified the school did not identify any of those people as the young man with the gun, and no weapon was found, according to police. 

The incident prompted a campus lockdown. 

Last Tuesday, two Berkeley High students were arrested after a gun they brought to school went off in a school bathroom, and a third student was arrested later that day for having an unloaded handgun, school officials said. 

A parent forum was held on the campus on Monday, and a special school board meeting is scheduled for tonight to discuss safety issues and violence on campus. 

The meeting is taking place at 7:30 p.m. at the district office at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way.