Duluth Police: Edison student brings unloaded handgun to school

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Published: Mar. 17, 2023 at 1:49 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (Northern News Now) - Duluth Police are investigating after they say a student brought an unloaded handgun to school Friday.

According to the Duluth Police Department, around 9 a.m., officers responded to a call at the Edison North Star Academy off Rice Lake Road in Duluth for a report of a person with a weapon.

Officers discovered a student had brought a handgun to school.

The weapon was confiscated and was later determined to be unloaded, according to police.

The DPD is actively investigating.

There is no active threat at this time, police said.

As of Friday afternoon, authorities have not identified the student or said how old they are.

North Star Academy serves students in Kindergarten through 5th grade, according to their website.

Authorities have also not shed light on why the student brought a gun to school or where they got it.

Tammy Rackliffe, Head of Schools for Edison released the following statement:

“Yesterday, North Star Academy advised the school community that on March 15, 2023, a student threatened to bring a gun to school but did not do so due to the efforts of school administrators and the Duluth Police Department. Today, in an unrelated incident, a student brought an unloaded gun to school. Administration was immediately alerted and the Duluth Police removed the weapon. As a result, there was no need for a lockdown or other action. No students or staff were injured; again, due to the reporting of the incidents by members of the school community and the effective actions of our staff and local police partners. While we can’t discuss the particular students involved, the school will follow its policies with regard to discipline and education of those involved. We will also be taking extra measures next week to ensure safety on campus. We will have staff available to talk with students or others that have concerns during the week.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.