An Oregon teen armed with a realistic replica handgun and sporting a helmet, goggles and a tactical vest with a patch that read, “Bad Decisions Make Good Stories” was arrested Monday after threatening a mass shooting at his former school.
Police responded to the Creative Science School in Porkland just before 4 p.m. after receiving reports of a 13-year-old former student being armed and making threats, the city’s Police Bureau said.
Cops discovered the teenage suspect near the intersection of Southeast 92nd Avenue and Southeast Stark Street — about six blocks away from the school.
The teen, who’s identity has been withheld, was dressed from head to toe in tactical gear and carried what cops later determined was a “realistic-looking replica” of a Glock handgun.
Photos shared by police of the boy’s possessions show his tactical vest, while his helmet featured a black and olive American flag patch.
“Officers challenged the juvenile, giving him commands that would facilitate his safe arrest and he complied,” police said in the release.
The teen was taken to the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center and charged with menacing with a firearm and disorderly conduct.
Following initial threats of a shooting, administrators at the Creative Science School — a Public school serving kindergarten through eighth-grade students — immediately placed the school on lockdown.
Monday’s incident was the second in recent months of a boy being arrested outside a Portland city school with a realistic-looking handgun, Oregon Live reported.
Last month, a 15-year-old and 17-year-old were arrested in connection to a robbery and stabbing of a 13-year-old boy outside Rieke Elementary School, located about 12 miles from the Creative Science School.
The older teen was accused of pointing a black handgun, which turned out to be an airsoft pistol, at a crowd of middle schoolers after the 15-year-old robbed and stabbed the 13-year-old, according to the outlet.
Those two teens remain in juvenile detention as their case is being compiled.