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School employee removed from Sunset Hill for possessing weapon

October 28, 2013

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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.

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    James Sneegas 10 months, 4 weeks ago

    Typical knee jerk over reaction by governing bodies. No amount of rules to stop honest people attempting to protect themselves and others around them is going to stop a deranged individual from possessing and using a weapon in any public or private building. It only makes it easier for them to complete their evil task by disarming all around them. We keep hearing about the brave souls that step between these nuts and the innocent in a vain attempt to stop them only to lose their brave lives, when it might have ended much quicker if he or she were armed and trained to to use a weapon. Wake up America! This is not the world it was 50 years ago. Mental illness is not being addressed on the public level as it used to be. Violence on TV and in the movies as well as gaming has permeated our very souls. Stop the public showing of violence and teach and entertain our children with "GOOD" not evil and things might begin to turn around. Until things change in that respect, I feel there is not much hope for us.

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    Seth Peterson 10 months, 4 weeks ago

    If you bring a gun to school you are a deranged individual and are one of those the children need protection from.

    Also: "this is not the world it was 50 years ago; mental illness is not being addressed on the public level as it used to be."

    Yes, why can't we go back to locking up more individuals based on things we don't understand, treating things like homosexuality as a mental disorder, trying to fix them with elctroshock therapy, prayer, solitary confinement and lobotomies?

    This is not the world it was 50 years ago and we can all be much happier because of that.

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    Mark English 10 months, 4 weeks ago

    Seth I'm pretty sure you took that way beyond what James was going for there sir. This was a story about guns in schools. His comment was about guns in schools. Just some simple Cliff Notes for you.

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    Seth Peterson 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    The last third of his comment referenced mental illness and the way it is treated and how we regressed in that aspect as well as how we treated violence compared to now. These statements are incorrect, I was merely pointing out how by example, rather than a long diatribe explaining the mistakes he made.

    Also, anyone who includes "Wake up America!" probably is going about as far as possible (if he isn't just being sarcastic and I completely missed it).

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    Megan Green Stuke 10 months, 4 weeks ago

    Are we sure it was a gun? The article just said "weapon". Anyone know any more?

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    Susan Chase 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    I would like to see more information about this ongoing story here in the LJWorld. I had to seek more information on this story from a Kansas City source, which is just sad in my opinion. This is our community and if you're going to succeed as a community paper you need to dig in deep into stories like this and lead the way.

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    Seth Peterson 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    Where did you find more information on this?

    After the article yesterday I assumed it would be a few days for a follow up, that they would wait until we know more about the DA makes a decision or releases a statement on their intent.

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