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Gun found at Heights High School, student arrested

Published: Jan. 28, 2020 at 9:14 PM CST
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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Wichita police have arrested a Heights High School student after he allegedly brought a gun to school Tuesday.

Around 8:30 a.m., staff told the WPD School Resource Office (SRO) about an anonymous tip regarding a 15-year-old boy with a gun.

The USD 259 personnel and SRO followed up on the tip, which led to the arrest of the student. A handgun was also recovered.

Police say the 15-year-old boy faces charges of criminal possession of a firearm and possession of a firearm on school grounds.

Investigators say there were no threats made to any students and no threats of violence on school grounds.

No one was hurt.

The case is expected to be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office.

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A Heights High School student was arrested on Tuesday after a handgun was found in the student's backpack.

A spokesperson for the district said there was no threat made and the student was arrested without incident.

The following message was sent to parents:

"Good Afternoon, Heights parents. The safety of our students and staff is a top priority for us. Today we had a student in possession of a gun at school. There were no threats made and no one was hurt in regards to this incident. The Heights Security Officers, Administration and SRO got involved immediately and took the student into police custody. We followed all district safety protocols in this matter to ensure the safety of our school community."

The district encourages faculty and staff to "See Something, Say Something." Anonymous tips can be submitted to the district through the "p3tips" app or by visiting 259.org/speakup.

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