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Student tells police he brought gun to school for protection

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Some children in Kansas City may have been a bit apprehensive to return to classes after a student brought a handgun to school with him.

The student brought the gun to Hogan Preparatory Academy Middle School because she said he was having problems with another student. He told police he did it for his own protection as he feared for his life.

School officials said they acted fast to resolve a situation that could've otherwise gotten out of hand quickly.

Thursday morning at Hogan Preparatory Academy started out to be anything but ordinary.

"We were called by the administration at the middle school. The principal and associate principal," said Dr. Danny Tipton, the superintendent of Hogan Preparatory Academy. "We had a few kids that came forward and said that there might be a weapon."

Students reported seeing a weapon that a student at the school may have been carrying, concealed in his backpack. Parents also called in to report the suspicions.

"We had some calls from parents that said that there was a possibility, so we took matters into our own hands and found that to be true," Tipton said.

A Glock 19 was found inside a pocket of a middle schooler's backpack. The 14-year-old said he took it from his grandfather without his knowledge.

Also inside the backpack were more than a dozen live rounds of ammunition.

According to the police report, the teen said that "he had been having problems with another student at the school." It goes on to say that "in one of their last altercations (the other student said) that he was going to bring a gun the next time and he was going to have his friends bring theirs also."

The teen told police that he "began carrying the weapon for his protection."

Tipton said the training his staff has gone through helped them act fast and resolve the situation.

"Within a matter of minutes it was taken care of and school was never interrupted," he said.

Tipton said that the schools he oversees are constantly reviewing their policies and procedures and going through intruder drills to make sure students are safe and the schools remain the safest for all kids.

The teen was taken into police custody and will face a judge in juvenile court.

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