Armed student taken into custody at Memorial High School, police say

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MADISON, Wis. — An armed teen was taken into custody Thursday morning after showing up at Memorial High School in Madison, police said.

In a letter sent home to parents, Memorial’s principal said the school’s resource officer was contacted by dispatchers around 9:20 a.m.

A plow driver called 911 after spotting a teen walking near Memorial High School who appeared to be holding a long fix-bladed kitchen knife, police said. The caller said it appeared the teen was attempting to get inside the school.

Memorial’s school resource officer and other school staff made contact with the student at the door, principal Matt Hendrickson said in the letter.

The group was able to disarm the teen, police said. The teen was taken to the juvenile detention center.

Several students studying in the common area of the school witnessed the event, but most were in their classes taking finals, according to Hendrickson.

“I want to emphasize the importance of ‘see something, say something.’ We were able to act quickly, address the situation immediately and resolve it with our security team because someone called 911 and said something,” Hendrickson said in the letter.

The same letter was also sent to parents with students at Jefferson Middle School in Madison because of its proximity to Memorial High School.