Student at a Scottsdale high school arrested for having gun in his car

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Police say a student at a Scottsdale high school has been arrested for having a gun in his car. The arrest comes just one day after a deadly school shooting in Florida that left at least 17 people dead.

Justin Perotti, 18, is a student at Chaparral High School.

 Officers were alerted by the administration at the school that Perotti had disclosed he had a handgun in his vehicle parked at the school.

He again disclosed this to officers when contacted, and then cooperated with officers providing access to the vehicle and gun. 

Perotti was booked into the Scottsdale City Jail on one misdemeanor count of carrying a weapon on school grounds.

"There is nothing to indicate there was [sic] ever any threats directed at students, any administration, anyone at this school at all," said Officer Kevin Watts with Scottsdale Police. 

Watts says Perotti claimed he was running late to school and forgot he had his firearm in the car with him. Perotti is a legal gun owner. 

Chaparral's principal sent the following letter home to parents:

Dear Chaparral Parents and Guardians,

I want to inform you about an arrest on our campus today. The Scottsdale Police Department took a student into custody after finding a firearm inside that student’s vehicle. At this point, we have no reports of any threats or intended violence.

I cannot provide any further information as a police investigation is underway. However, it is a priority to communicate with our learning community and share as much information as we can in a timely manner.

The safety of our students is paramount, and we are cooperating with the Scottsdale Police Department. Our hearts go out to the recent victims in Florida. Please know that today’s incident was not connected to any school threat.

Sincerely,  Angela Chomokos, Ph.D, Principal

SUSD policy states no guns are allowed on any of its school campuses, including in the parking lots. The only exception is for school resource officers. 

Scottsdale Police says it plans to strictly enforce that rule, especially after the incident in Florida. 

 "You can never be too safe. Anytime you hear something like that you need to nip it in the bud," said Pat Johnson, a retired school teacher with 36 years' experience, who now lives across the street from Chaparral High School.

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