A child on a school bus in Topeka pointed a cigarette lighter that looked like a gun at another student, prompting an investigation by school officials and the Topeka Police Department.
“We had a report late yesterday afternoon from a middle school parent that a student had pointed, what they believed was a gun, at their student,” Ron Harbaugh, spokesman for Topeka Public Schools said.
Harbaugh told WIBW News on Friday that the student in question is a boy in the seventh grade at Jardine Middle School.
He says school administrators found the boy was on a bus that was headed home and they stopped the bus.
“They talked to the student and found, in his backpack, a cigarette lighter that resembled a gun.”
Harbaugh says the student was returned to school and his parents were called.
“Appropriate action, as dictated by our district policy, will be taken in this matter,” Harbaugh said.
“If a student has anything that resembles a weapon, they are putting themselves in a very dangerous situation,” Harbaugh said. “If they should be confronted by law enforcement, in a quick decision, they don’t know if it’s a toy or the real thing, and it could be disastrous for the student.”
He recommends if a parent finds anything that resembles a gun in their home, to be sure it never gets brought to school.