Wichita elementary teacher arrested for having gun at school
05/21/2013 12:00 PM
08/06/2014 2:10 AM
A teacher at White Elementary was arrested Monday for having a gun on the school premises, police said Tuesday.
The 31-year-old man was seen with a gun by someone at the school, 5148 S. Kansas, which is south of Hydraulic and 47th Street South, Lt. Randy Reynolds said. Principal Marcia Shepler called police about 12:30 p.m., according to a police report.
When officers arrived, they found a gun on the teacher and arrested him on suspicion of misdemeanor concealed-carry weapon charges, Reynolds said.
The teacher is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, said Susan Arensman, a spokeswoman for the Wichita school district.
It’s not known whether the man had a concealed-carry permit. State law prevents identifying those with a concealed permit.
Only law enforcement officers are allowed to carry a gun into a school, Reynolds said.
This year, the state Legislature passed a law that allows school districts to designate an employee to carry a gun. But the Wichita district has not addressed the issue, and all seven board members have said they would not support an employee carrying a gun.
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