South High Magnet student arrested for carrying handgun

Dec 19, 2018

A South High Magnet student was arrested for carrying a handgun on Tuesday.  An email that went out to families of students stated that a student reported that another student may have had a weapon on the school campus.

Police investigated and found the student off campus.  OPD confirmed the 15-year-old was arrested and is booked at the Douglas County Youth Center.

The teen is charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of an unregistered firearm, possession of a firearm on school grounds and possession of a handgun by a person under 18 years old.  The school also commended the student who brought the information forward.

The full email can be found below.

"Good Afternoon South High Magnet Staff and Families:  
"We wanted to make you aware of a situation that occurred at South High Magnet today. This morning, a student reported that another student may have a weapon on campus. We immediately contacted the police and they investigated the situation. The suspected student was located off campus and detained for possession of a weapon. We continue to cooperate with Omaha Police Department in their ongoing investigation.

"We take these situations very seriously and the appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. We are working with our District Safety Office, our on-site security team and the Omaha Police Department to ensure the safety of our school environment.   
"This message is being shared to ensure open communication with our staff and families. Please be assured that the safety of students and staff is our top priority. We commend the student who brought this to the attention of administration. We appreciate your continued help in guiding our students in the use of good judgment in their actions for their safety and the safety of others.  
"If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school at (531) 299-2780.  
"We appreciate your continued support of Omaha South High Magnet School and Omaha Public Schools.  

Ruben Cano, Principal  
South High Magnet"