Teen brings gun to Berkeley school to ‘settle’ score

Berkeley police arrested a 17-year old Oakland youth this morning who brought a gun to Berkeley Technical High School to “settle some type of dispute.”

The principal of B-Tech, as the school is generally called, alerted police at 8:36 am that he had heard reports that the teenager was coming to the school with a gun, according to Sgt. Mary Kusmiss. Apparently the young man, who is a student at B-Tech, was intending to settle a score over a incident that occurred last weekend in Oakland, she said.

The Berkeley police department created a safety perimeter around the school and located the suspect around 8:55 am. He was carrying a loaded semi-automatic pistol, said Sgt. Kusmiss. He was arrested without incident.

Police transported the youth to Alameda County Juvenile Hall where he is being held on charges of carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, and carrying a gun on school grounds, said Sgt. Kusmiss. Police are not revealing his name because he is a juvenile.

The campus at Martin Luther King Street near Derby was never on lock-down, said Sgt. Kusmiss.

So far this year there have been two other incidents in which students brought guns to Berkeley High, the city’s main high school. B-Tech is the high school for students who have difficulty succeeding at Berkeley High.