Ammunition discovered at LHS

Live ammunition was found inside Lawrence High School on the first day of classes last week, according to a police report released Friday.

It was unclear why the incident was not disclosed earlier. Parents and students were not informed of the incident.

LHS Principal Steve Nilhas said the clip for a .25-caliber handgun was found about 1:30 p.m. Aug. 14 — the first day of fall classes for all LHS students — on stairs at the high school. Police said the clip wasn’t full but that it did contain some live rounds.

“I wish we knew how it got in,” Nilhas said Friday. “Did they leave it on purpose? Did it fall out of a backpack?”

Nilhas said the high school’s lockers, trash cans and restrooms were searched, but no other ammunition or parts for a gun were found. School security officials were put on alert for two school days, he said.

“We don’t have any evidence that they were bringing it in to do any harm,” he said.

He said the 1,300 students at LHS weren’t notified about discovery of the ammunition. No announcement was made because it didn’t appear anybody was in imminent danger, he said.

Dianna McNett, whose daughter is an LHS junior, found that disconcerting.

“A note would be nice. I’m sure that they took care of it, but not even knowing was a little concerning,” she said Friday.

The district adheres to a zero-

tolerance policy on weapons. Bringing a weapon into a Lawrence public school is automatic grounds for expulsion.

“We don’t fool around with this stuff anymore,” Nilhas said. “Parents have a right to expect kids are safe.”

Pat Argueta, whose son is a senior at LHS, recommended strict adherence to the policy.

“I do think there are a lot of things that go on in the school where the students are given too many opportunities to have a second chance. There should be no tolerance,” she said.

Nilhas, who is in his first year as principal at the school, said the ammunition didn’t match that carried by a police officer assigned to LHS.