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Police found a loaded gun in the backpack of a student who they had come to Southeast High School to interview Monday as part of an investigation unrelated to the school, according to a message sent to parents.

The letter, signed by Principal Brent Toalson, said the officers found the gun during a search of the student's possessions. They took the student away from the school after finding the gun.

“At no time do police believe any students or staff at Southeast High School were being threatened,” the letter said. “We will continue to assist police in their investigation and work with Lincoln Public Schools' security team to follow up on the incident.”

The student, who was not identified in the letter, will face appropriate consequences at school, administrators said.

The letter also asked parents to remind their children to report anything that makes them feel uncomfortable to a trusted adult or through the green “Safe to Say” button on the LPS website.

The "Safe to Say" link allows students or parents to report nonemergency concerns or tips that will be reviewed by the LPS security team. 

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Education reporter

Margaret Reist is a Lincoln native, the mom of three high school graduates now navigating college and an education junkie who covers students, teachers and policymakers inside and outside the K-12 classroom.

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