A Park Hill High School student is in custody after it was discovered Wednesday afternoon he had brought a .22-caliber handgun onto the campus.
"At the end of the school day today, Park Hill High School administrators received a report that a student had a gun," according to a news release. "They immediately brought that student to the office and found that he did have a gun."
The school says the student had the gun tucked inside his coat.
The Platte County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene, and deputies took the boy into custody.
"It's scary that kids have access to weapons and feel the need to bring them to school with intentions or not," parent Kristen Riley said.
Administrators said federal privacy laws limit the information that can be shared about the incident but district disciplinary policies were followed.
Authorities refused to share the student's age or grade but indicated the reason he brought the gun to school had nothing to do with problems at the school.
Deputies say the student told them he had no intentions of shooting anyone at school.
"I appreciate the good judgement and courage of the student who made the report to us and the prompt and appropriate action of the sheriff's department," principal Brad Kincheloe said.
There are no plans to increase security at the school, Kincheloe said.
Riley says while it is up to schools to keep students safe on campus, she wants parents to work harder to avoid a potential tragedy.
"Whatever reason they're having access to guns, the primary responsibility falls on the parents," Riley said.
It's unclear what charges the students will face or if he will be charged as a minor or an adult.
Park Hill South was locked down earlier this week after a threat district administrators never fully explained. Students hid under desks and lights were turned off as officers searched the building.
A reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who made the threat.
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