Man arrested for bringing gun to Douglas High School basketball game
BOX ELDER, S.D. — One man was arrested Tuesday night after he was found with a gun during a basketball game at Douglas High School.
According to a press release from Douglas School District, a staff member noticed four individuals who smelled of alcohol in attendance at the Tuesday night game. School staff alerted the School Resource Officer (SRO), who observed the individuals to be of high school age or young adults.
The SRO spoke with the group, noticed other concerns, and asked for assistance from the Box Elder Police Department. Following a brief investigation, two of the individuals were found to have consumed alcohol under the legal age. 19-year-old Xavier Big Crow was found to be in possession of a loaded gun tucked in his waistband.
Xavier was arrested on charges of brining a weapon on school grounds. None of the individuals involved were Douglas School District students.
“Our law enforcement professionals and area school districts work together quickly to identify and resolve issues that has the potential to jeopardize the safety of our students, staff and fans,” says Captain Tony Harrison. “Schools are safer when everyone works together to address challenges in our schools. We applaud the Douglas staff who recognized an issue and brought it to the School Resource Officer’s attention.”
According to the release the time between when the individuals entered the school until they were contacted by the SRO was a matter of minutes.
“We appreciate the quick response from law enforcement. It gives staff, students and families peace of mind to know that our School Resource Officers are readily available to respond if needed,” said Douglas Superintendent Kevin Case. “Student and staff safety is our first priority and we are relieved that last night’s event ended without incident.”