Wichita teen arrested for bringing gun to school

Metro Meridian High School. (Photo: KSN file photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – USD 259 and Wichita police confirm an 18-year-old man was arrested Wednesday for bringing a gun to Metro Meridian High School.

Administrators received a tip from a student that the man was bragging about having a gun. No threats were made. The student was taken to the office by the administrator and questioned about the weapon.

Officials say he confessed to having it and freely handed the gun over to the administrator. Wichita police were called and arrested the student. He will be suspended pending a hearing.

This is the second time in a week, police were called to a Wichita school for a report of a student bringing guns inside.

KSN wanted to know how often it’s happened this year. The head of safety services for USD 259, Terri Moses, say this is the first time an actual gun was brought into a school, making it the only time this year. But a 13-year-old brought an air gun into an alternative program school Monday.

So far this year, a total of five weapons were reported on school grounds.

“It’s alarming that it occurs, but the numbers themselves are consistent,” said Moses said.

Of those, three were toy guns, one was an air gun and one was a real gun.  In the 2013-2014 school year, there were a total of 13 toy guns, 11 air guns, four real guns and three realistic replicas.

“For real guns, over the last three years, our average would be two per year,” said Moses.

She says they take any weapon, including toys and replicas, seriously.

“That doesn’t mean we’re not going to be vigilant,” Moses said. “We’re not going to continue to send the message to children, to students to make good decisions to parents to talk to their children about making good decisions.”

With Wednesday’s and Monday’s incidents, the school asked WPD to step in and both students were arrested. The district wants students to know how serious they take these situations.

“Certainly, a weapons violation is one of our most severe violations. Suspension is certainly a possibility in any of these cases,”

Information about the type of gun was found Wednesday morning was not released, nor was information provided as to whether or not it was loaded.

No was harmed in the incident and there were no threats.

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