SPRING HILL, Kan. - A Spring Hill High School student was reported to have a weapon outside the school building on Thursday.
According to the school’s website, a student reported another student had a weapon to the School Resource Officer.
The student was taken into custody without incident and “in the interest of the student’s welfare.” Upon a search of the student’s backpack, a handgun was found.
“We are very pleased that we were able to ensure the safety of everyone,” Superintendent Dr. Wayne Burke said.
The student was never in the school with the gun and no one was hurt.
"This is absolutely the way that the system should work," Spring Hill School District Spokesperson Christine Splichal said.
The peaceful resolution, Splichal said, was a direct result of the school's safety procedures.
The staff develops a relationship with students so they feel comfortable coming forward with suspicious behavior and the school has officers on-site with training specifically for these situations.
The success of the system has parents relieved.
"I'm very thankful that the kid stepped forward, pointed out something that was wrong in the school and inevitable probably saved lives," Spring Hill father Stephen Bayer said.
The Johnson County Sheriff's Office removed the student from school grounds but did not take the student into custody. The Sheriff's Office is assisting the teenager in seeking mental health counseling.
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