Police: Handgun found in Shawnee Mission Northwest student's backpack

No threat to students, staff, police say
Posted at 12:09 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 13:09:16-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Shawnee Police Department seized a handgun from a student at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School on Thursday.

According to the department, the handgun was found inside the student's backpack following an "administrative investigation."

The student was taken into custody and at this time there have been no injuries reported.

Police said there is no current threat to students and staff at the school.

"I am writing to inform you of an incident that took place here at Northwest this morning," Shawnee Mission Northwest principal Dr. Lisa Gruman said in an email to parents. "One of our students was found in possession of a weapon this morning. The weapon was discovered during an investigation of an unrelated matter, and there is currently no evidence that the student had any intention of using the weapon here at Northwest. I can assure you that this matter will be handled in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and district policies."

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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