The Salina Police Department has issued a statement regarding an incident in which a student brought a handgun to a Salina elementary school Friday morning.
According to the statement, officers were sent to Grace E. Stewart Elementary School, 2123 Roach, just before 9 a.m., for a student that was in possession of a handgun. School officials learned that a 10-year-old student was in possession of a handgun and upon searching the student’s backpack, a handgun was found.
The Salina Police Department was immediately contacted and the student was removed from school property. An investigation revealed the student brought the handgun to school as means of protection and had not made any overt actions or threats to place the school in imminent danger. The student’s actions were in response to fears over recent incidents of school violence and social media postings. The parents were unaware their child had taken the handgun from the home and no charges against the parents are anticipated. The student is being referred to juvenile court.
“We are encouraging parents to talk to their children about concerns they have about school violence,” the release said. “Along with parents, students should feel comfortable talking to school staff and school resource officers about general and specific threats.”