Seattle Public School’s Interagency Academy (located at the Columbia School at 35th between Ferdinand and Edmunds) was put into lockdown today after it was reported a student had a weapon in the halls.
According to the SPD Blotter:
Columbia City High School Locked Down After Report of Student With Gun
A report of a teen with a gun sent a South Seattle high school into lockdown Tuesday afternoon.
Police received a report from the Interagency High School—located in the 3500 block S. Ferdinand Street—just before 1 pm that a male student was carrying a gun through a campus hallway.
As students took shelter on campus and police arrived at the scene, the suspect—who is
in his late teens17 years old—fled the building and was arrested by officers.
Police have not received any reports of gunfire or injuries during the incident, and have recovered a firearm at the scene.
We’ll post additional details as they become available.
Columbia City neighbors located to the west of Rainier reported lots of police presence as SPD searched for the suspect and the weapon. Other local schools were put into an official “Shelter in Place” as police secured the neighborhood.
This is the Interagency Academy’s second year at the Columbia School (which used to house Orca K-8 before it moved up the hill to Whitworth). Prior to its current location, Interagency was housed in the Seattle Public Schools building just west of the light rail station on Alaska. Interagency is often considered a “last-chance high school” for struggling students. This Seattle Times article from 2012 outlines the work that they do.