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Charges filed against Lawrence High student who admitted taking gun to school

Charges have been filed against a 17-year-old who says he brought a gun to school last month.

February 24, 2009

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Charges have been filed against a Lawrence High School student who admitted taking a gun to school, prosecutors said.

The 17-year-old senior told a worker on Jan. 20 that he had brought a gun to campus four days earlier, school officials said.

Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson’s office filed charges of criminal possession of a firearm and criminal use of weapons, for carrying a concealed firearm.

The charges were filed Feb. 11 and the student is scheduled for a first appearance at 4 p.m. March 5, Branson said.

In a case filed last April, the suspect entered a diversion agreement with prosecutors on charges of burglary, theft and criminal damage to property, prosecutors said. A hearing has been scheduled for 11 a.m. March 5, on a motion by prosecutors to revoke the diversion agreement.

Comments

fearsadness14 5 years, 10 months ago

this kid is not on a good track. why are so many resources (money) being diverted to a lost cause?

Christine Pennewell Davis 5 years, 10 months ago

well as dumb as this was to do it does prove that you can get into the lawrence schools with a gun. So why did he bother to tell? Do the high schools not have metal detectors? If this one kid did it how many of the gang banger wannabes take a gun to school?

cthulhu_4_president 5 years, 10 months ago

If this one kid did it how many of the gang banger wannabes take a gun to school?

Common side effects experienced when exposed to the truthful answer to this question are acute anxiety, loss of sleep, cold sweats and panic attacks.

Christine Pennewell Davis 5 years, 10 months ago

I don't have panic attacks already have lack of sleep isn't everyone in a high state of anxiety? i am 46 cold and hot sweats par for the course. Man I am a mess.

PS to old to panic takes to much energy.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 10 months ago

Honesty does not pay. Any good lawyer would get him no jail time for this, or better yet, throw out the confession.

asleepinthechapel 5 years, 10 months ago

In high school, I once took the "Danger: High Voltage" sign off the janitor's closet door, where the toilet paper and such was stored.

When the vice principal came into our class one day and asked who did it, everyone laughed (they knew who). I laughed as well before telling him I took it.

He looked at me with a straight face and said, "No, you didn't." I, being dumb, of course replied, "Uh, yeah I did."

Then I had to sit down with the principal and superintendent while they explained that my theft of a .25 cent sign was practically a felony and that I was being suspended and I would not be allowed to play in our conference basketball tournament.

Moral of the story - if you do something and you can get away with it - by god, don't turn yourself in. It makes you look more ignorant than whatever dumb thing you did in the first place.

DJ2009 5 years, 10 months ago

not only did he take a gun school but he threatened other students with it. There is alot more to this story than what is in this article.

rattler 5 years, 10 months ago

It was not uncommon to see guns in vehicles in school parking lots in the mid-90s, especially during deer season. Of course this was pre-Jonesboro and Columbine.

Thinking_Out_Loud 5 years, 10 months ago

How to tell if someone's packin' heat. http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=0002w4&topic_id=1&topic=Ask+E.T.

Methinks asleepinthechapel learned the wrong moral from his story....

1029 5 years, 10 months ago

Schools would be a lot safer if students were allowed to carry guns. There would be less bullying and back-stabbing if the would-be bully/backstabber had to consider that his/her target might have a gun. So much for America, land of the free. That's not freedom when we tell our kids they aren't allowed to defend theirselves in school.

DJ2009 5 years, 10 months ago

Schools would be a lot safer if students were allowed to carry guns. There would be less bullying and back-stabbing if the would-be bully/backstabber had to consider that his/her target might have a gun. "

high levels of testosterone and immaturity are not qualities that go well with gun ownership, thats just a bad situation waiting to happen.

Dani Davey 5 years, 10 months ago

srj said "Any good lawyer would get him no jail time for this, or better yet, throw out the confession."

I'm curious what your legal basis for this statement is srj.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 10 months ago

"not only did he take a gun school but he threatened other students with it"

If that's true, then we really DO have a situation.

Danimal 5 years, 10 months ago

From what LJW has told us, all he has to do is recant and say that he was just trying to impress someone. Now if someone actually saw the gun that changes everything.

Everyone wanted Lawrence to grow, grow, grow! But now they are freaked out by the prospect of living in a town where metal detectors in the schools will soon be a necessity. Realize that you got your wish, and now when the students are in town Lawrence is pushing 120K people. Yay, mismanaged growth!

redmoonrising 5 years, 10 months ago

1029, tell me you're just being sarcastic. You can't truly believe that giving a bunch of teenagers guns at school is a good idea. You get a couple of them in an argument, the guns are drawn, the shooting starts and someone is gonna end up dead or injured over what was probably nothing. I guess that's what scares me most about some of the gun toters, they think it's the solution to all problems.

Yep, Lawrence is growing, has been since I came here in the 60's. Don't have a clue what it has to do with this, Danimal, other than your own personal gripe. It happens in small towns too.

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