TWIN FALLS — Police are seeking a warrant for the arrest of a boy they say pulled a gun on students of Magic Valley High School at an intersection not far from campus.
The incident happened after an argument between two students continued when classes dismissed, Twin Falls police said in a Friday statement.
A separate teenager, a 17-year-old, has been charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, police said. Authorities would not disclose the names of the people involved.
News of the incident spread on social media this week, where Magic Valley students and parents have been on edge following the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and several Magic Valley schools have seen increased police presences after receiving threats about potential violence.
But Twin Falls police believe there's no threat to the public or student safety from this latest incident.
“At this time, there is no evidence to suggest that any crimes occurred on school grounds,” according to the statement. “Twin Falls Police Detectives indicate there is no evidence the weapon was taken to school and in possession of students during school hours.”
According to police, they were dispatched at 2:38 p.m. Thursday to Magic Valley High School in the 500 block of Main Avenue North for a possible aggravated assault that happened a few blocks away from the school.
Two students were in an argument throughout the day and left in separate vehicles, according to the statement. Students reportedly stopped at a red light at Second Avenue North and Addison Avenue.
A passenger in one of the vehicles — who wasn’t involved in argument — reportedly approached the vehicle of one of the students who was involved in the argument and brandished a firearm, police said. The victim returned to Magic Valley High, where he contacted the school resource officer. More police officers were dispatched to the school.
Detectives and school resource officers identified all of the children involved in the incident, police said.
Twin Falls School District spokeswoman Eva Craner said in the statement: “The Twin Falls School District continues to make student safety a top priority. We will continue to work with local law enforcement to ensure that our school campuses are a safe and inviting place for our students.”
If there’s an emergency or threat to a school, the school district will communicate with parents and families using an automated phone call, text and emails, and will post information on the school district website, Craner said.
Police ask anyone with more information to contact Detective Rivers at 208-735-7200.