Omaha police arrested a 14-year-old boy Tuesday on suspicion of bringing firearms to Westside High School last Friday.
Officer Michael Pecha, a police spokesman, said it did not appear the boy intended to use the guns at school.
The school district contacted police after a male student admitted to school administrators earlier Tuesday that he had brought two handguns into the building, according to a message the district sent to parents Tuesday afternoon.
Administrators questioned the student after a student resource officer was notified Tuesday morning that a student might have brought a gun to school Friday.
Peggy Rupprecht, a district spokeswoman, said the student was not targeting any staff members or students.
The district did not specifically say what punishment the student would face, saying it was handling the situation according to its code of conduct. Under that code, a student found to have knowingly possessed a firearm on school grounds faces expulsion for at least a year. The superintendent can modify the expulsion requirement on an individual basis. Students who are expelled are offered educational alternatives.
Rupprecht said school staff will talk with students Wednesday and remind them that they can talk to school officials if they have any concerns.
The incident, she said, serves as a reminder to parents to tell their children that they should talk to a trusted adult if they are aware of anything that could make the school community unsafe.
In a separate incident last week, Omaha police arrested a 17-year-old Burke High School student on suspicion of carrying a handgun onto the school bus.
Police said school bus surveillance video showed the male student on Sept. 17 move the handgun from either his pocket or waistband and place it into his bookbag next to him.
Police searched the teen’s home — with his mother’s consent — and found a silver Taurus .25-caliber handgun in the student’s closet.
The teen was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm on school grounds.
World-Herald staff writer Sam Womack contributed to this report.