Student brings handgun to school, assaults officer

The 17-year-old is being charged as an adult

DES MOINES - Police say a 17-year-old student brought a gun into Scavo High School Friday morning. When confronted about it, they say he assaulted a police officer. 

This all happened right before 11:00 a.m. on Friday morning at Scavo High School. Police say a resource officer got a tip that 17-year-old Taariq Moore was carrying a handgun. After a scuffle with that officer, Moore was arrested. This comes at the end of a week where schools across Iowa have been on alert. Students at Scavo are shaken up.

“Schools are just starting to flip upside down,” said Izzy Thorpe, sophomore at Scavo High School.

Students say they were confused at first.

"I thought it was a drill at first, until they started bringing kids from the hallway and making them go in the class and then I started to think, well maybe it's not a drill, and it's real,” said Thorpe. 

"I seen a bunch of cops and they escorted me to one of the classrooms that was by and from there on, we just sat in the classroom,” said Skylyn Williams, junior at Scavo High School. 

Des Moines Police say their resource officer at Scavo got word from another police officer that the student had a handgun. When the officer confronted the student, a violent fight broke out.

"He tried to push by the officer and the officer grabbed him and then the student began to actively assault the police office in an attempt to get away from him,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek. 

Police say the officer then found a loaded handgun inside Moore's backpack. Police say Moore also threatened to kill the officer and said some disturbing statements.

"He made some comments that he wasn't unhappy that we had officers killed in 2016, so some pretty disparaging remarks were made,” said Sgt. Parizek. 

Police believe there were no threats made toward students and staff.

"These were some poor choices and bad behavior outside of school that he decided to bring into school,” said Parizek

But after a week of scary text messages and bomb threats at other Iowa schools, students at Scavo are now on edge.

"It's just kind of like nerve-wracking I guess, because you come to school and you expect it to be a safe place,” said Thorpe. 

"Who knows what they could have done, they could have shot up the school,” said Williams. "It kind of makes me not want to show up to school because I don't know what's going to happen."

Police say right now Moore is only charged with carrying a weapon on school grounds, which is a felony charge. However, he could be facing more charges in the future. Moore is being charged as an adult in this case.

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