Student arrested for bringing loaded gun to BHS
A 15-year-old Baldwin High School student was arrested Thursday afternoon for bringing a loaded gun to school. He was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center in Lawrence.
Interim Police Chief Greg Neis said the arrest resulted from an incident at the high school involving two students. The second, a 14-year-old male, was not arrested.
“Apparently, the principal got information that a young man was carrying a knife,” said Neis. “The 15-year-old was searched and a knife was found. Our officers were called and while they were en route, the administrators had found out about a firearm.
“The 14-year-old had removed the gun from the 15-year-old’s locker,” he said. “The 15-year-old had brought the gun to school for a knife fight after school. The 14-year-old didn’t want him to get in trouble for having the gun. The 15-year-old admitted to bringing the gun to school.”
The gun was a semiautomatic .45-caliber pistol. There were several rounds in the magazine, but there wasn’t one in the chamber, Neis said.
The 15-year-old faces charges of possession of a knife and bringing a firearm to school. The 14-year-old also had a knife and faces that charge, but that will be determined by the Douglas County Attorney after reviewing reports. The 14-year-old was released to his father.
Supt. Paul Dorathy said both boys have been suspended. He was pleased how the situation was handled.
“No threats were made,” said Dorathy. “The good thing is it got dealt with and didn’t end up differently.”