HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – The Hutchinson Police Department seized a loaded gun from a 12-year-old student entering Hutchinson Middle School 7 on Friday, according to USD 308.
The investigation actually started late Thursday night. Police say they found out around 10:15 p.m. that a student allegedly pointed a gun at another student at the middle school earlier in the day. Police immediately tried to find the student who had the gun but could not.
So, they say they worked with school officials and had both uniformed and plain clothes officers at the school Friday morning.
Police say they contacted the student, searched his backpack and allegedly found the loaded gun. Officers took the child into custody. They do not release the names of juveniles.
The district says classes were in lockdown for a short period, and all students and staff are safe.
“Based on the information we have now, there is no evidence the student intended to conduct a mass shooting, but this is an ongoing investigation,” Captain Michael Collins, HPD, said in a news release.
Police ask anyone with information about the case to call the HPD at 620-694-2834. If you want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers of Reno County at 800-222-8477.
The Kansas State Department of Education, in cooperation with the Kansas Highway Patrol, has established a school safety hotline. The hotline is 1-877-626-8203. It is a toll-free number available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, to give students, parents, and community members the opportunity to report any impending school violence.