a gun was found outside North Star High School; Place the student in custody

LINCOLN, Neb. (COLN) – A student has been arrested after a gun was found loaded in a student backpack outside North Star High School on Monday.

According to officials, a North Star school resource officer was called to the security office by security personnel at 9:30 a.m. after a backpack was found outside the school’s exterior door by another member of staff.

After a backpack search, officials found a 9mm Taurus handgun in the bag. Serial numbers identified it as a stolen handgun from outside Lincoln. According to the police, the gun was loaded. She had shots in the magazine.

Other items inside the bag identified its owner as a 14-year-old student. The person was taken into custody and placed in a youth assessment center for possession of a gun at school and possession of a stolen firearm. An email from the school district said Lincoln police determined the student did not mean or threaten to use the gun at the school.

North Star High School officials sent an email to all staff and students regarding the incident:

A message from North Star High School:

Northstar students and families,

We want to report an incident on which we worked today with the Lincoln Police and the Lincoln Public Schools Student Services and Safety team.

This morning at about 9:30 our staff found a backpack outside our building’s out door. Upon further inspection of the bag, a gun was discovered inside and we were quickly able to locate the student it belonged to. During the investigation and subsequent interviews, the Lincoln Police determined that the student did not intend to use the handgun at school or threaten violence towards any students or staff. The student will face appropriate legal and school consequences.

We appreciate the Lincoln Police Department’s prompt response and thorough investigation. Police have indicated that there are no other safety concerns related to this incident.

We understand that anytime there is a potential threat to the safety of our staff and students, it can cause significant concern. We have staff available to help students and help them process their feelings after hearing this news. Please contact us at the school if your child needs additional support.

Here are some resources you can use while having conversations with your child as they process these events:

  • Talking to children about violence: advice for parents and teachers
  • Helping teens experiencing trauma and grief

Lincoln Public Schools takes this opportunity to remind families and our community of the importance of keeping weapons and ammunition safely locked away to prevent intentional and unintentional harm. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that the most reliable and effective measure for injury prevention in children and teens is no arms. Safe storage of weapons reduces the risk of injury to a child.

School safety takes society. If you or your child has seen or heard something of concern, please tell a trusted North Star employee, call Lincoln Police at 402-441-6000, or at Green Safe to Say button on the LPS website.

Megan Kroll


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