K9 units conduct Cranston West ‘walk through’ following gun incident


CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Following the arrest of four students last week, Cranston police, school resource officers, and K9 units returned to Cranston West High School over the weekend.

School Superintendent Jeannine Nota sent an email to parents informing them of the activity, during which K9 dogs “sniffed” all of the lockers on campus, looking for contraband.

“We can confidently report that nothing was uncovered as a result of the K9 sniff that requires any further action,” Nota said in the email. “Although we do not believe there are any threats to our students and staff at this time, both my administration and the Cranston Police felt this was an appropriate precautionary measure to ensure the safety of all who are present each day on the campus of CHSW.”cranston-west-hs-cop-in-front

Three Cranston West students were arrested last Tuesday on multiple weapons charges after police said the teens had two handguns, a stun gun, and ammunition on campus.

Police said one of the juveniles traded one of the guns with another student in exchange for a jacket. Police said some of the students then a gun into a wooded area near the school and fired it.

A fourth student was arrested Friday after police said the juvenile brought a handgun to school and kept it in his locker.

All of the students range in age from 14 to 16 years old, police said.