Scared elementary school student brings gun, knife to school

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) -

Authorities say a scared elementary school student brought a gun and knife to school in Kansas after seeing a threatening Facebook post the child thought was directed at the school.

School officials said Friday that the student meant no harm to anyone at Stewart Elementary School in Salina. The weapons were immediately secured and the student was removed from the property.

School district spokeswoman Jennifer Bradford-Vernon says the student was afraid after a Facebook post on Wednesday threatened a potential shooting against a school with the initials SHS.

Investigators determined the threat was directed toward a school in Ohio.

The Salina Journal reports that Bradford-Vernon didn't release the student's age or gender, or say whether how the weapons were discovered.

USD 305 sent the following release:

Friday morning, it was discovered that a student brought a gun and knife to school at Stewart Elementary. The student brought the gun and knife, not with the intention of harming anyone but was in response to a fake Facebook post that the student believed to be true.

The gun and knife were immediately secured and police contacted. The student has been removed from the school property. The investigation continues as Salina USD 305 is working closely with Salina PD. We hold safety and security of our students and staff as the highest priority.

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