ABILENE, Kansas – Authorities have arrested a 13-year-old boy who is accused of taking a gun to his central Kansas middle school.
The Abilene Middle School student was walking home on Wednesday when he was arrested. Abilene Police Lt. Mike Mohn says a handgun was recovered from the student’s backpack.
Abilene Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Chris Cooper said in a news release Abilene Middle School Principal Ron Wilson received a report from two students after school Wednesday that another student had possessed a weapon at school. Cooper said Wilson immediately reported the information to the Abilene Police Department since the student had already left for the day.
Cooper said after Abilene Police had interviewed several students at the school it was determined the student involved in the incident had been in possession of the weapon at school.
Mohn says officers believe that the student did not threaten anyone with the gun. He is accused of showing the gun to several friends at school. The friends alerted an adult, who then called police.
Cooper said parents of middle school students were notified by email after the information was confirmed by the initial investigation.
USD435 News Release:
Abilene Public Schools administrators and the Abilene Police Department are investigating a situation that happened yesterday at the middle school. A gun was brought to school and left in a locker. It appears the student did not intend to use the gun. At no time was there a threat made, and students and staff were not in danger. Because this is a student matter, certain information must remain confidential. As always the safety and security of our students and staff remain our top priorities.”