4 Lee's Summit teens charged with bringing loaded gun to school

Posted at 8:55 PM, Mar 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-02 13:29:50-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Four Lee's Summit teenagers are facing felony charges for allegedly bringing a loaded gun to Lee's Summit High School.

Landon Mickle, 18, Tynan B. Mullen, 18, Tanner J. Nicholson, 17, and Scott W. Ryan, 19, are all charged with unlawful use of a weapon.

Court documents say a student told a parent that the four teens were seen in the school's parking lot with guns. The parent reported it to the school, which reported it to Lee's Summit police. Officers later found the suspects with multiple weapons, including an AR-15 rifle. 

Prosecutors have requested a bond of $50,000 cash for each suspect.

Court documents obtained by 41 Action News outline a number of items police recovered as evidence:

  • An unknown make/model of an AR-15 rifle from Mickle's vehicle
  • Ten to 15 round empty rifle magazine from Mickle's vehicle
  • Black, rusted 12-gauge Savage model shotgun
  • More than two grams of marijuana inside the car, and nearly a gram in the trunk
  • A brown Academy Sports rifle case from the trunk
  • A box of 11 live Federal 12-gauge shotgun shells from the glove box
  • Two KelTec gun magazines from the trunk
  • Sixteen live .38 caliber rounds from the trunk
  • A green tactical rifle sling in the backseat
  • One spent .38 caliber casing from the backseat
  • One live .40 caliber round from the backseat
  • One .38 caliber special casing from the trunk
  • A rifle magazine cover from a pants pocket of Nicholson

Police records show that Mullen was not supposed to be on campus due to him having a history and no longer being a student.

Lee's Summit High School will not have class today due to a scheduled planning day for teachers.

The principal sent a letter to parents about the incident which reads:

"Good afternoon Tiger Parents,

On Wednesday afternoon, our school acted on information received about a vehicle that came onto our campus with individuals in the car that reportedly contained firearms. This report came to us after dismissal on Wednesday afternoon. Our school immediately contacted the Lee’s Summit Police Department and have been working with law enforcement on an investigation as well as the identification of these individuals. 

Police officials advised us that we could safely proceed with school today based on their investigation. We believe this incident may result in charges being filed against multiple individuals. It is always important for us that you receive this type of information from us, and we believe the investigation is at the point where we can provide you this information. We will keep you updated regarding additional information as we receive it. We thoroughly appreciate the work of our law-enforcement officials and will continue to work closely with them.

The information related to this incident came to us via our SafeSchools reporting system, located on our school website, and we are grateful for this anonymous tip program as well as the person contacting us. Please be assured that the safety of our students is our top priority at Lee’s Summit High School. 

John M. Faulkenberry, Ed.D.

Principal, Lee’s Summit High School"