A 9-year-old boy brought an unloaded CO2 gun Monday to Tonganoxie Elementary School, which prompted the Leavenworth County attorney to request a hearing in District Court.
According to Leavenworth County Attorney Todd Thompson, the gun was not “real.”
School Superintendent Kyle Hayden said another student, at the beginning of the school day, told a teacher about the gun, which Hayden said was a BB handgun. The gun was found in the student’s backpack, without ammunition. There was no apparent threat and the child was not targeting anyone, Hayden said.
Thompson has filed a court petition for a child-in-need-of-care hearing. The child was released to his parents and has not returned to school since.
As per school district policy, the child will go through a disciplinary hearing, scheduled for later this week, and the process will “determine his educational future here,” Hayden said.