Mission police have forwarded a report on a suspected battery involving a Highlands Elementary student to the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office, where it will be reviewed for a determination about whether legal action is necessary.
The incident at the center of the report occurred last November, police said, but parents of the Highlands student didn’t file a police report until months later. The incident was not initially reported as a battery and Mission police did not become involved in the case until March of this year, they said.
In May, members of the Highlands community told the Prairie Village Post that a student allegedly had made a verbal threat to another student, but not at the school and not in Mission. At that time a spokesperson for the Shawnee Mission School District said it was the district’s understanding that an independent police report had been filed. “As this is an ongoing investigation, the school district is unable to comment,” wrote SMSD Associate Superintendent for Communication Leigh Anne Neal. “[E]nsuring the safety and security of our staff and students is a top priority for the school district. We take any and all concerns seriously and have policies in place to address safety and security as well as disciplinary concerns.”
Police indicated the incident that resulted in the report was individual in nature and that the student population at the school was never at risk nor were any weapons ever involved. Police say the involved parties made efforts to resolve the issue by going through the resources the school has to offer. After Mission police investigated and gathered more information, they determined in late May that the incident rose to the level of requiring a report to the district attorney.
Mission police said the alleged November incident is the sole focus of their report and any incident occurring outside of Mission would be out of their jurisdiction. Battery is defined as knowingly causing physical contact in a rude, insulting or angry manner, police said.
Mission Lt. Dan Madden said Mission police worked closely with school district police who were involved in the case.