Student in custody after bringing gun to school

NEWARK, Ohio (WCMH) — Police said no one was injured after a firearm was found in a student’s backpack on Monday.

Newark police responded to the Career and Technology Education Center at about 11:15 a.m. Monday after students had reported a weapon had been brought to school by another student.

A Newark school resource officer was able to locate the weapon in the student’s backpack after a brief search.

A police sergeant said the school was put in “Teach in Place” mode. Students stayed in their classrooms and teachers continued to teach with doors locked.

The student, who has not been named by police, was taken into custody. Police said the student was not making threats and there did not seem to be a reason for him to cause harm. Police said the student gave conflicting reasons as for bringing the gun in school. The current reason is unknown, and the case remains under investigation.

Charges are expected to be filed against the student in the Licking County Probate-Juvenile Court.

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