Parents picking up kids from Olathe Northwest confronted by lockdown due to gun in backpack

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OLATHE, Kan. -- When Olathe parents went to pick their kids up from school Thursday, they confronted one of their worst fears.

Police surrounded Olathe Northwest and all students were locked inside of classrooms. Four other schools in the system had delayed dismissal after a gun was found in a backpack. Thursday evening, a student in connection with the incident is with police.

Brandy Sosa was frantically texting her 14-year-old daughter, a freshman who was locked inside a classroom at Olathe Northwest. Brandy was getting updates from the school and knew her daughter was unharmed but couldn't wait to get her out of there.

"I wanna be there as close as I can, to get her as soon as she gets out," Sosa said.

Minutes felt like hours, as parents waited to hear an update. Police say a janitor found a backpack with a gun in it, in the bathroom. They also found a school ID in the backpack. Students at Olathe Northwest were put on lockdown, along with other nearby schools as police searched for the student in connection with the incident. He was spotted on security cam video leaving campus and couldn't be located.

"We see it too much. It's happening way too much. It's so scary. It's really scary to be told not to park, you can't come to your kids parking lot to school."

At 4:00 PM, the students were released and parents rushed to get them home. A few hours later, police issued a missing endangered juvenile alert for the teen and soon after the student was found by a family member unharmed.

A scary day, but parents are counting their blessings.

"We may have to take her out. Give big hugs."

The Olathe Police Department will continue to investigate.