Archive for Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Boy who brought BB gun to school faces disciplinary hearing

September 2, 2009

A 9-year-old boy brought an unloaded BB gun Monday to Tonganoxie Elementary School, signaling the Leavenworth County attorney to request a hearing in district court.

According to Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson, the gun was not a “real” gun.

School Superintendent Kyle Hayden said another student, at the beginning of the school day, told a teacher about the gun, which Hayden said was a gas-powered handgun. The gun was found in the student’s backpack, but did not have ammunition. The student did not bring the gun to school as the object of show and tell, but that there was no apparent threat, as the BB handgun was unloaded and the child was not targeting anyone, Hayden said.

Thompson said no criminal action took place, as state law says children under the age of 10 cannot be charged with criminal offenses.

Instead, Thompson has filed a petition in Leavenworth County District Court for a child-in-need-of-care hearing. He said he filed the petition to assure the child’s welfare is being cared for and that the issue doesn’t arise again.

The child was released to his parents and has not returned to school since.

Per district policy, the youth will go through a disciplinary hearing, scheduled for later this week and the process will “determine his educational future here,” Hayden said.


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