Teen who brought gun to school sentenced to probation, house arrest

photo by: Mike Yoder

Lawrence High School is pictured on Nov. 6, 2015.

A teen who brought a handgun to Lawrence High School earlier this year was sentenced Wednesday to probation.

Douglas County District Court juvenile judge Bethany Roberts sentenced the boy on Wednesday to six months of probation, including house arrest, according to court records.

In May, the boy pleaded no contest and was convicted — as a juvenile — of criminal use of weapons, a misdemeanor, for possessing a gun with a barrel shorter than 12 inches while under the age of 18.

Before that plea agreement, he also had been charged with felony theft, for allegedly stealing the gun from his mother.

Details about the boy’s probation plan were not immediately available Wednesday. His court hearings have been closed to the public.

At the time of his conviction in May, he was enrolled at LHS, according to the school district. The Journal-World was unable to reach a district spokeswoman for updated information Wednesday afternoon.

The boy was arrested Feb. 12 at LHS, 1901 Louisiana St.

Administrators and Lawrence police officers, acting on a tip that a student may have had a gun at school, conducted a search and confiscated the weapon, which was found on the student’s person, the Journal-World previously reported.

The gun was loaded with a magazine, but there was not a round in the chamber, police said.

There was no incident involving the gun and no reported threats or injuries, according to police and the school district.

Contact Journal-World public safety reporter Sara Shepherd


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