Teen arrested for bringing gun to Salina Central High School

SALINA, Kan. (KWCH) A 16-year-old student at Salina Central High School was arrested Thursday for bringing a gun to school.

Police say administrators received a tip that a student had a gun. They confronted the student who then ran away from the school.

The Salina Police Department School Resource Officer pursued the teen, and he was apprehended a short distance from the school.

Police recovered a 9mm pistol that had been reported stolen by a family member. They say students told administrators that a student broughta gun to school and that they'd seen it. The principal confronted the 16-year-old.

That's when the teen fled the school on foot, police say. He made it about one block before being caught.

"The resource officer was chasing after him. There was a deputy in the area that actually confronts the suspect and apprehended him," Salina Police Capt. Paul Forrester says. "Initially, when they searched him, they didn't find anything. It was after we talked to him and went out and did a better search that we located the gun."

Investigators say there is no indication that the teen had threatened anyone with the gun.

Police booked the teen into the North Central Kansas Regional Detention Center Facility in Junction Cit. He is charged with criminal use of a weapon, criminal carrying of a weapon, interference with law enforcement, battery, theft of a firearm and probation violation.