Three teens charged in Crook Co. HS stun gun incident

Police say one brought it to school in car; 2nd used it on third

PRINEVILLE, Ore. - Three 16-year-old Crook County High students were arrested Tuesday after one brought a stun gun to school and a second teen used it to shock a third, police reported.

Police were called to the school around 12:35 p.m. on the report of possession and use of a stun gun, said Capt. Michael Boyd.

An investigation found that a female student brought the stun gun to school in her pickup. Around noon, several students were at her truck in the school's parking lot, Boyd said.

A male student got hold of the stun gun and tried to use it on another student, but that student was able to run away, the captain said.

The male student then returned the stun gun to the pickup, and a third student, also female, took it and used it to show the 16-year-old boy who had been trying to shock another student, Boyd said.

The male who was shocked "experienced pain and red marks," the police captain said.

Boyd told NewsChannel 21 the device was a commercially available type of stun gun with a brand name "Street Wise" that apparently is available online for about $40.

While the ads claim it has a 7 million volt charge, Boyd said, "We have no idea about the specific voltage of the one in this case, due to battery life variability. We do know that the injuries were very minor in this case, but the victim was shocked for just a moment."

All three students were arrested and charged with possession of a dangerous weapon on school property, a Class C felony. Two of the teens also are charged with unlawful use of a stun gun, a Class A misdemeanor, and one of the girls is also facing a harassment charge, a Class B misdemeanor.

The students were cited and turned over to the Crook County Juvenile Department.

Boyd said police and the Crook County School District "take the possession and use of any weapon on school property very seriously."

"We strongly encourage parents to closely monitor what their children bring to school," he said in a news release.

"Anyone bringing an unlawful weapon on school grounds is subject to immediate arrest," Boyd said, adding that anyone with questions about the legal restrictions for items or activities on school property can contact police or the school district office.

Principal Michelle Jonas said, "Crook County High School is committed to student safety, and this will remain our top priority. We will continue to work with the Prineville police and appreciate their partnership."

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