Jan 26, 2023

Kan. high school evacuated after student found with grenade

Posted Jan 26, 2023 12:00 PM

SEDGWICK COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities and USD 259 are investigating a student brought a grenade to school.

Just after 2:30p.m. Wednesday, a student reported seeing an image on Snapchat of another student having a grenade at Derby High School, 920 Rock Road in Derby, according to the school district's social media page.

This was immediately investigated and the student in question shared that the device in the image was not live.

The Derby Police Department was notified and the Wichita Police bomb squad was brought in. Police advised the school to be evacuated while they ensured there was no active threat.

Police later determined that the grenade was not a live or a threat. Because of this, students were allowed to re-enter the building to gather their personal items.

"We appreciate the diligent student who reported seeing an alarming image as well as the immediate response of our school staff and police department." Thank you for your understanding and patience as we worked through this unexpected end to the school day.