A teenager spotted with a concealed weapon near the tennis courts at Inderkum High School was arrested Wednesday, just a day after a man and woman were arrested at the school for allegedly assaulting a student and staff member, according to police officials.
Police officers arrested a 16-year-old Discovery High School student whom a witness saw with a gun, according to officials. The boy ran away from police but was ultimately caught and arrested. Canine officers located a loaded firearm nearby, Sacramento police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante said.
The day before, Annalyshia Taylor, 18, and Dapree Johnson-Stowers, 19, allegedly walked onto the North Natomas campus and assaulted a student at the high school, according to Sacramento Police Department reports. A school security person also was shoved or hit during the incident, Gigante said.
The teenagers were arrested on suspicion of felony battery and the student was taken to a hospital with injuries to his head and shoulders, officials said.
Natomas Unified School District officials could not say if the teenager was still in the hospital.
School and police officials say the two incidents don't appear to be related.
The assault on Tuesday seemed to be an ongoing issue between the parties, Gigante said. It was not "something out of the blue."
Natomas Unified Superintendent Chris Evans said the youth who allegedly had the loaded gun is known to hang out in front of the library on the complex that includes Inderkum High School and the American River College Natomas Center.
The boy, who attends school about three miles from Inderkum, wasn't identified because he is a juvenile.
Police officers at the complex were offering extra security Wednesday after the previous day's fight, Evans said.
The school district no longer contracts with the Sacramento Police Department for school resource officers for its campuses.
The school board voted not to renew the contract in January of 2010 in order to save the district $164,000 during budget cuts.
Instead, it employs four campus safety specialists classified employees with no police status at each campus to help administrators supervise students at the district's secondary schools.
An assistant principal at each campus develops protocols for the security force, Evans said. He said the district offered training for security employees during the summer of 2011.
The school district increased the number of safety specialists at Inderkum High from four to seven as a result of Tuesday's incident, said the superintendent. The security presence will continue at that level through the winter break, he said.
Evans said the security staff "reacted fairly quickly" when they saw the pair come onto the campus at 11:24 a.m. Tuesday. They broke up the fight and had it controlled for a moment, before it escalated again, he said.
As for Wednesday's arrest, Evans said, "I'm pleased that our increased security measures caught something else when it came onto the campus."