During a random search at Washington middle school, Salinas Police officers found a loaded gun in a student’s backpack on Sept. 7 said Marcos Cabrera, director of communications at Salinas Union High School District. 

The Proactive K-9  unit from Salinas PD was doing a  routine search when the K-9 sniffed a firearm in one of the backpacks. The officers searched it and found a loaded gun. 

The owner of the backpack was identified and admitted its possession. The student was taken to Monterey County Juvenile Hall. 

This is the second time a gun has been found at a SUHSD campus. According to Cabrera, more staff will be assigned on-campus including the armed School-Based Probation Officer.  

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