Charges against a 14-year-old student may be sought later today after Pratt Police recovered a BB gun from the student’s backpack at Liberty Middle School about 4 p.m. Thursday, said Pratt Police Detective Jeff Ward.


Charges against a 14-year-old student may be sought later today after Pratt Police recovered a BB gun from the student’s backpack at Liberty Middle School about 4 p.m. Thursday, said Pratt Police Detective Jeff Ward.

The students name is being withheld pending the conclusion of the investigation and charging determination. 

School officials had already made contact with the student and determined the gun was a BB gun. When they arrived officers met with the school staff and student and recovered the BB gun.

“People should recognize that school officials making contact with the student did so at their own risk and peril…at the time they made contact they had already called the police and didn’t know themselves if the gun was real or not…I think that they went above and beyond what is expected of any school employee,” Ward said.

The student was released to the custody of his parents and the investigation is on going.

The district notified parents of the incident at 7 a.m. today using the school alert system, said USD 382 Assistant Superintendent Suzan Patton.

School had already dismissed before the incident Thursday afternoon. The district was still gathering information about the incident and learning who and what was involved before they sent the alert to parents.

“We wanted to make sure we had a good understanding of what happened,” Patton said. “We wanted to make sure we had all the facts.”

Liberty Middle School Principal Mike Couch visited with the seventh and eighth grades about the incident this morning.

The school and law enforcement is still investigating the incident. Until the investigation is complete no determination will be made about any suspension.

Any student that exceeds disciplinary points is brought before the hearing officer, who is Patton, to determine the length of the suspension. Either Patton or a panel of administrators appointed by Patton would determine the length of a suspension following the building and district codes, Patton said.

All persons accused of a crime are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, Ward said.