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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Student suspended for having BB gun at school

  • A 13-year-old boy was suspended from McPherson Middle School Thursday for bringing a BB gun to school.
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  • A 13-year-old boy was suspended from McPherson Middle School Thursday for bringing a BB gun to school.
    Students informed school officials there was a possible weapon in the student’s locker. School officials detained the student and confiscated the BB gun from the locker.
    Police took custody of the child. He was processed through juvenile intake and questioned.
    Capt. Kevin McKean of the McPherson Police Department said the BB gun was not loaded and was found without extra BBs.
    The student told police he forgot the BB gun in his locker and had no intent of harming anyone.
    McKean said he did not believe any children were in danger as a result of the incident.
    Police determined state statute does not classify BB guns as weapons. The child was released to his guardian. McKean said no criminal charges will be filed against the child.
    Although state law does not classify a BB gun as a weapon, McPherson school district policy does.
    Policy dictates the student can be expelled for 186 student days, which is the equivalent of a school year.
    The student will face an expulsion hearing, but a date has yet to be set for that hearing.
    Chris Ruder, assistant superintendent, is the designated hearing officer for expulsions. The student is currently on a 10-day suspension.
    Contact Cristina Janney at cjanney@mcphersonsentinel.com or follow her on Twitter @macsentinel.
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