After a Thursday afternoon investigation, Garden City police found no evidence to substantiate rumors that a student brought or planned to bring a gun to Bernadine Sitts Intermediate Center.

Officers arrived on campus Thursday afternoon to investigate the rumors, which arose during the school’s investigation into a Wednesday altercation between two fifth-grade boys, said Garden City police Sgt. Lana Urteaga.

Police determined that one of the students involved in the altercation made a threat against the other, according to a letter to parents from BSIC Principal Gina Galpin.

Urteaga said the first student threatened to harm the other, but not with a gun. Police found no evidence to support the rumors of a gun brought to school and made no arrests. The investigation is closed, she said.

Officers plan to file an affidavit requesting charges of criminal threat and battery against one of the boys, a 10-year-old, Urteaga said. She said the other student will not be charged because police considered him the victim in the altercation.

According to Galpin’s letter, the boy committed a level four infraction, which is punishable by an automatic 10-day out-of-school suspension and potentially a 186-day expulsion equal to one school year.

In the letter, Galpin said the school is safe to attend and classes will continue Friday on a regular schedule. She urged parents to remind their children to report any information about threats to school safety to school staff and police.


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