McPherson man arrested after stray arrow strikes first grader on school playground

McPherson police arrested a man who was target practicing with a bow and arrow when he said the arrow went onto a school playground, striking a child.
Published: Sep. 26, 2023 at 11:40 AM CDT
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MCPHERSON, Kan. (KWCH) - A first-grade student is recovering after being struck by a stray arrow while on the playground at Roosevelt Elementary School in McPherson.

McPherson Schools Superintendent Dr. Shiloh Vincent said a man was target practicing with a bow and arrow when the arrow went wide, striking the seven-year-old in the arm. It came from about half a block away.

“It’s such a bizarre thing to have to try to communicate. Kids were playing on the playground and got hit by an arrow,” said Dr. Vincent.

He said the student was rushed to the nurse’s office, emergency crews called and all students moved into the building. It was quickly determined there was no active threat to students or the school.

“Today was prime example of how extremely quickly things can change and why we just have to be very deliberate in how we’re behaving and making sure that we’re keeping all students at the forefront and making sure they’re safe,” said Vincent.

McPherson Emergency Medical Services and Fire Rescue responded, provided medical assistance, and transported the student to McPherson Center for Health. The child was then taken to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita where they are expected to fully recover.

Vincent said the man contacted authorities who were on the scene and told them what had happened, taking full responsibility.

Police arrested the man and booked him into the McPherson County Jail for aggravated battery and aggravated child endangerment. His bond is set at $12,500.00.

“The McPherson Police Department reminds McPherson City residents, it is unlawful to operate an air rifle, bow and arrow, slingshot, BB gun, within the City, except within the confines of a building or structure from which the projectiles cannot escape,” said the police department on its Facebook page.

The school district’s crisis team will be at the school on Tuesday and Wednesday to provide counseling to students in need of support.