Wichita Northwest student arrested after bringing gun to school

A student at Wichita Northwest High School was arrested Wednesday after bringing a gun to school, district spokeswoman Susan Arensman said.

In an e-mail sent to Northwest parents, principal Gil Alvarez said the student showed the gun to another student, but no threats were made against fellow students or staff members, and “there was no intention to harm anyone.” Arensman said a third student heard about it, and reported it to staff members.

The school resource officer on duty arrested the male student, Arensman said. She did not have information about what kind of firearm the student possessed.

Arensman said all Wichita public schools have a “zero tolerance” policy for weapons at schools, which parents and students must sign at enrollment. The policy states that a student can be expelled for up to 186 days if they are found in possession of a weapon on school grounds.

The student has been suspended pending a disciplinary hearing, Arensman said.

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