The following is a message sent out on Sunday, March 19 by San Benito High School Principal Adrian Ramirez:
Dear SBHS staff, students and greater school community:
Over the weekend, Hollister Police Department released a statement informing our community that three young males were arrested on several charges, including possessing a loaded firearm and resisting arrest on Friday afternoon. The SBHS administrative team has been informed that none of the three males are SBHS students, nor reside in San Benito County. Shortly after school on Friday, March 17 the SBHS School Resource Officer and administrative team received a call that a group of minors were gathered and observing what appeared to be a physical altercation between other minors near the corner of Monterey Street and Haydon Street. Upon arriving at the reported location, the reported group had already dispersed. Shortly thereafter, the SBHS School Resource Officer received a report that there were three males near the area of Monterey Street and Fifth Street, in which one of them had a firearm in his possession. As confirmed by Hollister Police Department, all three males were apprehended and taken into custody.
Currently, there is no confirmation that the two subsequent incidents are related. Regardless, the SBHS administrative team has been in close communication with the SBHS School Resource Officer to ensure that all appropriate measures are in place to ensure the safety of our students and staff. The SBHS administrative team will continue to be in close communication with Hollister Police Department to verify whether the three males who were arrested have any connection to students on our campus. At this time, the SBHS administrative team is taking every measure to ensure the safety of our staff and students. We will continue to keep you informed should more information develop in the next few days.
— Adrian Ramirez
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