Student charged for weapon incident

Hawaii Island police on Tuesday charged a 17-year-old boy after he brought a weapon to the Kamehameha Schools campus in Kea‘au.

Around 3 p.m., Puna patrol responded to a report of a student possibly in possession of a revolver at the high school campus. Arriving officers learned that school security already detained the juvenile suspect and had retrieved a revolver from the student, according to the Hawaii Police Department.


Police contacted Kamehameha Schools administrators who reported that there was a social media post with a photograph of the juvenile suspect with the revolver that was viewed by other students on campus. After seeing the social media post, school administrators became concerned for the safety of the students and faculty, and campus security contacted the juvenile and the revolver was found in his waistband.

The juvenile did not brandish the firearm at anyone and Kamehameha School was not locked down during this incident, police said.

The student was arrested for disorderly conduct and terroristic threatening in the first-degree and transported to the Pahoa police station. Upon examining the pistol, it was determined to be a “starter” gun that cannot fire projectiles due to the barrel being obstructed by a piece of welded metal inside the barrel. However, the weapon resembled an authentic gun.

The juvenile was charged for terroristic threatening in the first-degree and disorderly conduct. He was released to his guardian.

“Though this firearm was not loaded or operational, we treat these types of threats to our schools seriously and will aggressively prosecute these types of incidents,” said Puna District Captain Scott Amaral. “Working in cooperation with Kamehameha Schools, this incident was resolved quickly and peacefully with minimal interruption to school functions. Our children deserve to be able to learn and grow in a safe environment and not be afraid of gun violence.”

Police encourage students to immediately report to an adult if someone they know has brought a weapon on campus.

Anyone who may have information relative to this case should call the department’s nonemergency number at (808) 935-3311 or Officer Robert Kamau of Puna Patrol at (808) 965-2716 or email him at

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