Classmates ‘surprised’ by student with gun

Gun taken from student at Kenton Ridge High School. (WDTN Photo/Brooke Moore)
Gun taken from student at Kenton Ridge High School. (WDTN Photo/Brooke Moore)

MOOREFIELD TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – Students are talking about a potentially lethal discovery at their school Monday.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office says a a student took a gun and ammunition to Kenton Ridge High School. The weapon was found inside the teen’s car.

“It’s a .38 caliber, five shot revolver with 50 rounds of ammunition,” said Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly.

It was around 2:00 Monday afternoon that sheriff’s deputies found the gun. It belongs to a 16-year-old sophomore.

The investigation has yet to reveal why he brought the gun to school or what he planned to do, but his classmates are surprised.

Hannah Blair: “Yeah, I actually did swimming with him last year.”
Brooke Moore: “So, were you surprised?”
Hannah Blair: “Yeah, actually I was very surprised.”

Blair didn’t hear about what happened until the end of the day during seventh period.

Her mother says she is relieved she heard about it through a phone call from the school principal.

“I mean it’s really scary knowing someone has a gun in their car and what they can do with it since he had like the armor and stuff.”

Sheriff Gene Kelly says it was a friend of the suspect’s who told the principal about the gun.

We wanted to know how a 16-year-old has access to a weapon like the pistol.

“You must be 21 to purchase it, you know, and where did a child and when I say juvenile, any person under the age of 18 is considered a child, and they aren’t able to purchase legally handguns. And so that’s a question we’re going to continue to investigate,” said Sheriff Kelly.

Sheriff Kelly says school officials acted quickly pulling the suspect out of class, but he says there’s no telling what could happen if students don’t come forward.

“When they hear something, see something or know something, they need to say something.”

The teen is being held in the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center awaiting his first court appearance. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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