Jardine student facing discipline after bringing weapon to school

An 11-year-old student at Jardine Middle School in Wichita faces disciplinary action after taking a weapon to school Friday and showing it to classmates, district officials said.

District spokeswoman Wendy Johnson said officials aren’t sure whether the weapon — a small gun that “appears very old” — is a real or replica firearm.

“Due to the appearance of the weapon, we’re treating it as if it’s real for the purposes of the investigation,” Johnson said.

The principal at Jardine, a magnet middle school at 3550 Ross Parkway, sent a letter home to parents and guardians Friday informing them of the incident.

“This morning we received a report that a student was in possession of a weapon and was showing it to others,” says the letter from Lura Jo Atherly. “No threats were made against any students or staff and there was no intention to harm anyone.”

School officials alerted Wichita police. The student will “face appropriate disciplinary action following (Board of Education) policy,” the letter says.

“Parents, please discuss with your child the far reaching and serious consequences of bringing inappropriate things to school,” Atherly wrote.

The Wichita district has a zero-tolerance policy regarding weapons, including replica firearms, in schools. According to the policy, any pupil found with a weapon at school, on school property or at a school-supervised activity “shall receive a mandatory expulsion from the school district for 186 school days,” an entire school year.

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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