West High Student Arrested For Threatening School Shooting

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Wichita Police have arrested an 18-year-old West High School student after he allegedly threatened to shoot other students.

West High junior Bryce Connelly heard about it from one of the students who reported the plot.

"He told her he was going to kill everyone at school that day," said Connelly. "I don't even know if I want to talk about it."

Police say Friday afternoon, 18-year-old Tristen Saunders threatened to kidnap another student. He was also browsing school shooting videos on a classroom computer, saying he was going to shoot other students and then shoot himself.

"We take this very seriously, as does the school district," said Wichita Police Lt. Doug Nolte. "We don't wait around to see whether this is going to happen."

Connelly says he was so afraid, he left school Friday afternoon. He reluctantly returned Monday morning.

"Nervous, especially nervous, first hour," said Connelly. "Sitting down, shaking. When I heard loud noises. I'm a lot more calm, now that I know he's been arrested.

Investigators say two students reported the threats to a school resource officer, who alerted police. They tracked the suspect down to a home in Hutchinson, where he was arrested on two counts of criminal threat with intent to terrorize or cause evacuation.

Wichita schools say it may have been a prank, but they are taking it very seriously. Police found no weapons at Saunders' home.

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