WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) – West Carrollton High School was placed on lock-down and police arrested a student, after a semi-automatic handgun was found on campus.
School officials and police say the gun was inside the student’s backpack inside a locker.
“It fell,” school superintendent, Andrea Townsend said. “It fell out of a backpack.”
This action was noticed by a teacher who immediately notified higher-ups, prompting the lock-down and a call to police.
Officers at the scene would not say whether or not the gun was loaded or how many rounds of ammunition – if any – were found.
“The weapon’s not been analyzed for evidence yet, that will be part of the procedure when we do all the evidence and work on it to determine if it was loaded and how many rounds were in it,” deputy police chief David Wessling said.
He added, officers are still looking into why the student had the gun in the first place, how the student got it, and what the student planned to do with it.
“This was simply a possession, and that’s what we’re running with charges on, right now. It’s going to be possession of firearm on school property. There’s no incident that occurred with the firearm, no concerns with the safety of the students or faculty at the school.”
That’s a point officials want to stress.
Townsend says everyone is safe, classes resumed, and everything went back to normal after the lockdown was lifted.
She says the quick actions of the teacher is thanks to active shooter training.
“We practice the lock-downs with the students, the teachers have the ALICE training so the kids are very aware of what they need to do in a situation like this,” she said.
She said staff will debrief and use the incident as an opportunity to discuss what else can be done to keep students safe.