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Bellevue West student brings gun to school

Posted at 1:05 PM, Aug 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 22:35:39-04

According to a letter from Bellevue West principal Kevin Rohlfs, a student brought a loaded gun to school Wednesday. 

Bellevue Police arrested the 15-year-old student for unlawful possession of a firearm at a school, unlawful possession of a firearm and use of a weapon to commit a felony. 

I would like to inform you about an incident that occurred at Bellevue West today. A student reported to the Dean’s office that another student had shown him a weapon.  The identified student was discovered to be in possession of a gun.  At no time did the student threaten other students. Law enforcement was notified and arrested the student.

The student involved will be subject to school board policy and appropriate laws that govern weapons on school grounds.  We are thankful that students feel comfortable coming to our staff to inform us of security issues.

Safety of our students is always our highest priority. Please help us communicate this to our students by having conversations about what is appropriate and not appropriate to bring to school. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call me at (number redacted)

Mr. Kevin Rohlfs

Bellevue West started school on Aug. 10.

Police tell 3 News Now the 15-year-old had the fully loaded gun around his waistband. Two school resource officers entered a classroom to arrest the teen, according to Bellevue Police. Parents say they're surprised this would happen when the school year is not even a week old.

"I worry every day about these kids nowadays, a lot of crazy and unpatient people, and a pretty tough world out there," one father said.

Bellevue Police took the 15-year-old to the Juvenile Justice Center in Papillion where he will likely face various gun charges.
Andy Jashinske, Bellevue West High School Resource Officer

"This case ended up working out as well as it could," Andy Jashinske, Bellevue West High School resource officer said. "And we're very thankful that the student did tell somebody."

Police are not saying why he took the gun to school and are not revealing how he got it.

"We started last Friday, so we've only been in school for three or four days now," senior Parker Pearson said. "It's pretty early for that stuff to start happening."

One student said the teen is not that well known around the school, and recently transferred to Bellevue West. Another said these types of situation put a lot of people on the edge.

"Everybody was scared after the bomb threat last year," senior Emily Luft said. "They're scared every time someone says something about a gun.

Bellevue Public Schools has five school resource officers. Police said they aren't taking any sort of extra measures when students return Thursday.