An altercation at Cooper High School leads to the discovery of guns

NEW HOPE, Minn. ( After a dispute at Cooper High School in New Hope Thursday morning, two students were found with handguns in their backpacks.

According to Cooper Principal Shaunece Smith, the incident began with a fight between three students. Two students’ backpacks were searched by New Hope police after staff isolated those involved and brought them to the school office.

In her message, Smith says officers confiscated two guns immediately. Since the two students had already been separated from the student body, a lockdown was unnecessary.

However, it doesn’t take away the anxiety this news brings to our students, their families, and our staff,” Smith wrote. “Our school takes every weapon-related incident seriously. In regards to this incident, we will follow the discipline guidelines outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities handbook.”

Smith apologized for any anxiety caused by Thursday’s incident, saying Cooper staff members strive to make all students feel welcome and safe. Any students who want to discuss what happened can talk to the Care and Support staff.


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