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San Francisco school kid hospitalized after cops find 2 guns on campus

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Officers responded to George Washington High School, upper left, where staff said a firearm had been found inside a student’s bag. | Source: Nicholas Klein/Getty

San Francisco police found two guns on one high school campus Friday morning, and a student was hospitalized after a scuffle with school staff over one of the firearms. Police were also alerted to another report of a firearm at a separate school.

At 9:33 a.m., officers responded to George Washington High School in Outer Richmond, where staff said a firearm had been found inside a student’s bag.

Before the officers’ arrival, a physical struggle over the bag between the student and school staff injured the student. The student is now in police custody after a visit to a hospital for minor injuries.

While police were at the school, officers were alerted to another student having a firearm on campus at around 10:08 a.m. The weapon was found to be an air gun.

The charges for both students have not been confirmed as investigations are ongoing, police said.

As the scene unfolded at George Washington High School, police were also alerted to Galileo High School in Russian Hill at 9:57 a.m.

Officers met with Galileo staff, who confirmed the student allegedly carrying a firearm had fled the campus. The investigation continues, and officers will remain in the area for any additional concerns, police said.

San Francisco Unified School District confirmed the incidents and said the weapon was not brandished at Galileo and everyone is safe.

Of the incidents at George Washington High School, the school district said the two incidents were likely unrelated and everyone is safe.

“The safety of students and staff is our No. 1 priority,” said school district spokesperson Laura Dudnick. “Bringing a weapon to school results in serious consequences. More information about our policies can be found in the SFUSD Student and Family Handbook.”

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