A Blue Springs man faces federal charges for illegally possessing a firearm that he carried into an elementary school building Wednesday.
Shaunee Burkhart, 33, has been charged in federal court in Kansas City with one count each of being a drug user in possession of a firearm and possessing a firearm in a school zone. He was arrested Wednesday outside of James Walker Elementary, where his children are students, after he had used a phone in the school office and office staff called a public safety officer, believing Burkhart was acting erratically. Later, when police found him near the school, he had drugs and a gun on him.
According to court documents, Burkhart had entered the school shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday and used a school phone to contact someone to request a ride. The school secretary told officers Burkhart appeared to be recording himself with an electronic tablet. When Burkart completed his call he went outside and sat on bench outside the front entrance. The secretary said she felt uncomfortable and nervous about Burkhart hanging around the school, that she thought he acted strange and out of the ordinary.
When officers responded to the school, they saw Burkhart walking from the front door and apparently smoking something. One officer smelled marijuana. Officers reached Burkhart across the street and removed a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol from his waistband. A package of cigarettes in pants pocket contained a marijuana cigarette.
Burkhart's sister then arrived and, ignoring officers' requests to stay back, began to hug Burkhart. She tried unsuccessfully to take a cigarette package from Burkhart's breast pocket and conceal it in her shirt. The package contained Burkhart's Colorado state ID and two yellow baggies of methamphetamine.
Burkhart then tried unsuccessfully to flee, and according to court documents he told Blue Springs Police that he had little to no recollection of his contact with officers.
Officers found a glass pipe containing meth residue in Burkhart's backpack. He told police he had been smoking marijuana a couple times a week for five years and had used meth numerous times in the last month, including the night before. He also said he had purchased Vicodin from a street dealer that morning.
Teens charged after bringing gun to school grounds
Four Lee's Summit teenagers have been charged with bringing a loaded weapon onto school grounds Wednesday at Lee's Summit High School.
Jackson County prosecutors charged Landon Mikle and Tynan Mullen, both 18, Tanner Nicholson, 17, and Scott Ryan, 19, each with unlawful use of a weapon.
According to court documents, the four teens were seen in the parking lot of LSHS on Wednesday afternoon, and a student told their parent about seeing some men in the parking lot with guns. The parent called the school and the principal alerted a school resource officer, who tracked a suspect vehicle to an off-site residence, and after receiving consent to search found multiple weapons, including an AR-15 style rifle and ammunition, among other items.
Prosecutors requested a $50,000 cash bond for each defendant.
Man charged with school threats
A Raytown man has been charged with social media threats made Tuesday that he would “shoot up” a school.
Jackson County prosecutors charged Lucas Ledford, 23, with a misdemeanor count of third-degree terrorist threat. According to court records, residents reported to Raytown Police that Ledford posted in a social media group discussion on Facebook that he would shoot the school as well as group members. After police tracked Ledford to his residence, he said he hadn't planned on doing anything and it was a just a misunderstanding.
Prosecutors requested a bond of $5,000.