Las Vegas: Another teenager has become part of the “guns and school” uproar that the media is in, but officials say that nobody at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy was in danger. Eighteen-year-old Jake Howell was arrested after he was allegedly found in possession of an unloaded assault rifle, as well as ammunition and an assortment of other weapons.
This doesn’t sound like nobody was in danger, does it? (sarcasm)
Reports indicate that Howell was on school property in a vehicle when a parent who was on campus spotted the gun in the backseat of the car. The parent alerted school police, who called Las Vegas Metro officers, and the arrest was made without incident.
“The individual did have rounds in the car, several small knives, and a few other things in his vehicle. There was no threat. There was no altercation. He cooperated fully with the officers once they made contact with him,” said Captain Ken Young.
Jake reportedly told officials that he was there to visit a friend, but there are no other real details on why he had the assault rifle and several knives with him. What’s more, officials have yet to address why this incident didn’t pose a threat to everyone on the campus. This is especially after the Sandy Hook school shootings that took the lives of 20 children.
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