Northwest HS student found with unloaded gun at school

WICHITA, Kan. A note was sent out to parents at Wichita Northwest High School Thursday, making them aware that a student at the school was found to be in possession of an unloaded gun.

The note from Northwest Principal Gilbert Alvarez is as follows:

Good afternoon, Northwest parents. The safety of our students and staff is a top priority here at Northwest. Today we had a student in possession of an unloaded gun at school. The discovery was an isolated incident and there were no threats made and no one was hurt. At no time was anyone in danger. Our SRO got involved and took the student into police custody. We followed all district safety protocols in this matter to ensure the safety of students and staff.
The situation was discovered because we had students and staff who brought concerns to our attention. Our students and staff know about “see something, say something.” I appreciate the trust our students and staff have to report concerns to administration and security to keep everyone safe.
Parents, please discuss with your child the far reaching and serious consequences of bringing inappropriate things to school. The Wichita Public Schools has a ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy in regards to weapons. Students and parents are required to sign off during enrollment about their understanding of this policy. We take these matters seriously and will not tolerate anything that could potentially harm students or put them in fear.
Thank you for your continued support of Northwest High School.