Student in custody after fight, lockdown at SKHS

A South Kitsap student was taken into police custody April 18 after being involved in a physical altercation during the school day, causing a modified lockdown.

Principal Dave Goodwin at South Kitsap High School said the incident occurred during the second lunch period, when the “alleged student aggressor” got into an altercation with another student. Multiple students say a knife was drawn at one point by the suspect, something the district has not confirmed.

Video surveillance and eyewitness information led to the determination that the suspect had fled. “Due to safety concerns, 911 was called, and SKHS was placed on a precautionary ‘modified’ lockdown to keep all students and staff inside the locked building until the matter was resolved,” Goodwin said.

Officers from the Port Orchard Police Department patrolled the outside of the campus and surrounding areas, while witnesses were interviewed at the school. The lockdown was later lifted after police confirmed the suspect was in custody.