RENO COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities and USD 308 officials are investigating after a student brought a loaded gun to Hutchinson Middle School-7 on Friday.
At approximately 10:15 p.m. Thursday, Hutchinson Police Department officers were notified of an incident where a student pointed a firearm at another student while at Hutchinson Middle School-7, 210 E Avenue A, Hutchinson, earlier in the day, according to a media release from police. Officers immediately attempted to locate the student but were unsuccessful.
Friday morning, uniformed and plain clothes officers were stationed at the school and the student was contacted upon his arrival. A search of his backpack revealed a loaded firearm, and the student was taken into custody. Due to the victim and suspect being twelve years of age, their names will not be released.
Based on the information police have now there is no evidence the student intended to conduct a mass shooting, but this is an ongoing investigation.
Hutchinson Police are asking anyone who may have information in reference to this incident to call Crime Stoppers of Reno County at 1-800-222-TIPS, the Hutchinson Police Department at 620-694-2834, or use your P3Tips App on your smartphone.
Hutchinson Middle School-7 Principal and Hutchinson Police Department seized a gun from a student entering school Friday, according to a statement from USD 308 Superintendent Dr. Dawn Johnson.
"Through proper reporting and people speaking up, Nate Henry, Principal, was able to have police presence at the school when the student entered. The gun has been confiscated by police, and the student is in police custody."
"Classes at HMS-7 were in a lockdown for a short period of time Friday morning, and all students and staff are safe."
"We thank the individuals who spoke up to report the concern and bring it to the attention of the principal, and we appreciate Mr. Henry being proactive and working with Hutch PD to keep our students and community safe."