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News Release
Large disturbance at Gaiser Middle School - 03/15/19

 

At approximately 5:40pm Deputies from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office were sent to Gaiser Middle School located at 3000 NE 99th Street on a report of a disturbance.  A 9-1-1 caller reported that there had been a fight between students who had been in attendance at a basketball tournament. The caller also reported that there was a group of teenagers trying to interfere with and were assaulting school officials who were trying to deal with those involved in the disturbance.

Three deputies arrived on scene and were immediately met with verbal hostilities from the large group of teenagers, to include racial slurs, cursing, and threats of assault.   As the deputies attempted to address the individual school staff was trying to detain, the group of teenagers (approximately 60-70 or more)  began to close in around the deputies.  They continued to curse at the deputies and threaten violence against them including death threats. 

The Deputies on scene relayed that they needed immediate cover due to riot conditions.  Numerous officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and the Vancouver Police Department responded in an attempt to gain control of the situation.  At one point there were a total of 33 police units on scene attempting to deal with the situation.

The group maintained their agitated and confrontational state with police and school officials.  The school security manager indicated to law enforcement that due to the behavior of the involved group they no longer had permission to be on the campus, and wanted them removed from the property.

Law enforcement made it clear to the group that they were no longer welcome on the school property and were being ordered to leave immediately.  They were advised that failing to leave could result in their arrest for trespassing.  Several individuals refused to leave and were subsequently arrested.  One deputy received minor injuries while struggling with one of the suspects during an arrest.

A total number of 9 juveniles were arrested on various charges to include, Trespass, Fail to Disperse, Assault IV, Assault III, Disorderly Conduct, and Resisting arrest.

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