Police were called to Sunset Hill School today and a school employee was removed from campus for allegedly bringing a weapon into the building, officials said.
The school district announced in an email shortly after 5 p.m. that officials at Sunset Hill, 901 Schwarz Road, filed a report with the Lawrence Police Department after a staff member was found to have brought a weapon to school. The email indicated there was no incident with the weapon and the staff member had no intent to cause harm.
District officials did not release the name of the staff member, and the Lawrence Police Department did not have a written report of the incident late this afternoon.
The Lawrence school district does not allow anyone other than law enforcement officers to bring weapons onto school property, even if the person has a valid permit to carry a concealed weapon.
“Refusal to surrender or immediately remove from school property or grounds, or any regularly scheduled school sponsored activity or event, any firearm in the possession of any person, when so requested or directed by an authorized school employee or any law enforcement officer shall be reported immediately to law enforcement by any staff member who becomes aware of the act,” the policy states.
In a separate letter that was sent to school staff and families, and which was later posted on Twitter, Sunset Hill principal Darcy Kraus said the district had taken “appropriate employment action toward the staff member, including removal from campus.”
Coincidentally, the Lawrence school board tonight approved a package of updates to several board policies, including an expansion of the policy banning weapons at school.
The new language expands the ban to include storing a weapon in a staff member's personal vehicle. It also prohibits the transportation of a student in a staff member's vehicle if the employee has stored a weapon in it, regardless of whether the staff member has a concealed carry permit.
Those policy changes were included on the board's consent agenda and were adopted on a single vote with no discussion or debate.