Police arrest student with gun at Derby High School

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DERBY, Kan. (KAKE) -

Derby police have arrested a student who brought a gun to the high school Thursday morning, the district says.

According to USD 260, administration got a tip Thursday morning that the student may have drugs. The student was questioned and searched. 

"An unloaded handgun was found during the search of his backpack and was secured by the School Resource Officer (SRO) and building administration without incident," Derby Public Schools said in a statement. 

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Officials say there were no threats made toward other students or staff. 

The following message was sent to parents and guardians:

Derby High School Families,

Safety and security is a top priority at Derby Public Schools. We want you to be aware that a Derby High School student was taken into custody this morning by Derby Police Department for possession of a weapon on school property. A tip was given to administration about a student possibly in possession of drugs. This student was immediately brought in, questioned, and searched. 

An unloaded handgun was found during the search of his backpack and was secured by the School Resource Officer (SRO) and building administration without incident. No threat was made towards students or staff at any time. Because no threat was made and the student was immediately secured, a lockdown was not necessitated. We take all threats seriously. As always, if you hear something or see something, please let law enforcement or administration know immediately. We appreciate this tip being reported. Individuals can also submit a tip through See Something Say Something by calling (316) 267-2111 to anonymously report any potential school violence. This is available 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

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