Student arrested after bringing gun to Walnut Ridge High School

Walnut Ridge HS. WCMH photo/William Brown

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus Police officers arrested a Walnut Ridge High School student after finding a gun and several magazines in his backpack Friday.

CREDIT: Columbus Division of Police

City Schools spokesperson Scott Varner said the principal became aware of a student in possession of a weapon during a fire drill.

The school resource officer approached the student, who reportedly ran off. He was captured at Yearling Road and Livingston Avenue.

Other students were already outside, Varner said, and the school was put on lockdown. Officials recovered a gun and ammunition.

Friday’s game between Walnut Ridge and South has been cancelled.

Walnut Ridge assistant  football coach Anthony Murphy  said he’s happy with the way the district kept the students safe but said the game against South High School should not have been canceled.

“First and foremost, as a parent, you’re always concerned when you hear about guns in school but it’s one of those things that happen. I mean it happens pretty much at any school, things like that can happen,” Murphy said.

Murphy’s son is a quarterback for the team.  He said he hopes the district reschedules the game for another day.

“We was just frustrated and mad that we couldn’t play a lot of players were upset. It  felt like they punished us for something we didn’t do,”  Murphy said. “I wish that they would look into it and try to let us play because this impacts us for our playoff run. It will impact us for our game next week.”

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