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Park Hill student charged for allegedly having loaded gun at school

Updated: 2013-01-31T18:01:51Z

By GLENN E. RICE

The Kansas City Star

Platte County juvenile authorities have accused a 16-year-old student of unlawful use of a weapon for allegedly bringing a loaded .22-caliber handgun to Park Hill High School on Wednesday.

A petition was filed today with juvenile court officials charging the student with a felony for bringing a weapon onto school property. Because the student is a juvenile, his name and city of residence is not being released. He was arrested Wednesday afternoon by the Platte County Sheriff’s Office and is scheduled to appear in juvenile court Friday.

The student, who is a Platte County resident, is being held in the Clay County juvenile detention center, said Tammy Glick, an attorney for the Platte County juvenile officer.

Platte County does not have a juvenile detention facility and contracts with Clay County to use its center, Glick said.

School officials learned about the handgun at the end of the school day as students headed to their buses. A fellow student alerted authorities that the boy either showed or told someone about the gun. The boy was taken to the school office, where the gun was discovered in his pocket. The handgun included a loaded magazine.

There was no indication that the student intended to use the gun at the school, said Capt. Erik Holland of the sheriff’s office.

Classes resumed today without incident, said district spokeswoman Nicole Kirby.

Last week, Park Hill South High School was put on lockdown for two hours after a telephoned threat, but there was no indication the incidents were related.

To reach Glenn E. Rice, call 816-234-4341 or send email to grice@kcstar.com

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