Parent Thinks Police Handling Of Gun Scare At East High Was ‘Super Appropriate’

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Lee’s Summit High School student tells of list of ‘people I want to kill’.

SALT LAKE CITY – Police converged on a Utah high school Thursday and ordered a lockdown after a student reporting seeing someone with a weapon, but authorities later determined the statement was fabricated. A student at Lee’s Summit High School was removed from school Monday after revealing the creation of a list called “People I want to kill,” police said. “The police department has opened an investigation and is working with the school district and the child’s parents to investigate the incident,” a police statement said.

A Woodrow Wilson High School student suspected of carrying a semiautomatic handgun into the school, then into a classroom on Tuesday had flashed the weapon in a hallway and then put it into another student’s backpack, according to a D.C. police report made public Wednesday. Officers arrested the student who allegedly put the black gun in the bag, according to the report, which provides additional details about the incident that frightened parents in one of the District’s highest-performing schools. Parents gathered outside texting with their kids and waiting for information. “When it first happened everyone wasn’t sure if this was a drill or real,” said Berzins, whose parents were waiting to pick him up when officers arrived. “People were tense and it was really quiet but we kind of knew everything was going to be good.” “As scared as we were it was very reassuring. (Denver Police) had people in the building,” said Patrick’s father Mark Berzins. “I’m sure there will be some people who say it’s heavy handed. The incident occurred shortly after 1 p.m. at the high school in the 3900 block of Chesapeake Street in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Upper Northwest. A picture showing what appears to be a student with a gun on his lap was briefly posted online and then deleted; Wilson students and their parents were e-mailing the image to one another after the incident and saying they believed it was connected, but The Washington Post has been unable to determine whether the image is authentic or where it was taken. “The main thing people want to know, with all the alleged security that we have in the building, is how did this get into the school?” Bayliss said, noting that metal detectors and an X-ray machine, along with security guards, at the front entrance have prevented students from bringing in items such as glass containers and forks to use at lunchtime.

Bayliss and students noted that there are numerous entrances to the school and that although the doors are locked, they can easily be opened from the inside by students.

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