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Bus stopped, boy removed after report of gun in backpack

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, April 26, 2013, at 8:25 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, April 26, 2013, at 11:50 a.m.

Authorities stopped a school bus at K-96 and Hillside early Friday morning and detained a teenage boy after a caller to 911 reported he had a handgun in his backpack.

Police later said it was an Airsoft gun.

The bus was on its way to Stucky Middle School, a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor said.

A call came in from the area of 26th and Vassar at about 7:23 a.m. reporting the boy, who is 13 or 14, had the gun in the backpack, the supervisor said. The bus was stopped at 7:29 a.m. and the boy removed and taken to Stucky in a patrol car.

Wichita district spokeswoman Susan Arensman said “no threats were made,” but the student will face disciplinary action.

The district’s zero-tolerance weapons policy mandates a 186-day expulsion for any student found to have a firearm or replica firearm at school, on school property or at a school supervised activity.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com.

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