CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – A New Carlisle woman was arrested Tuesday after a handgun was found in her security vehicle at Centerville High School.
Michelle Santo, 45, is an employee of the school, according to a press release from the Centerville Police Department. Santo was arrested for illegal conveyance and possession of a deadly weapon.
There was no indication that students or other staff members were in danger, according to Superintendent Tom Henderson who spoke with 2 NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé.
Henderson says Santo has worked for the district for nearly 2 decades, and has never raised any red flags or caused problems in the past.
An administrator thought Santo had a handgun in the building, and police were immediately called.
School district officials say within 30 minutes the situation was addressed and that all protocol was followed.
2 NEWS asked what some parents have been questioning, how this happened and how the district stops it in the future.
Henderson replied, “I think it’s like anything you know. I think we have to make sure that we continue to be vigilant and in this case. I think we work hard in our school district to create a sense of community.”
He explains that sense of community reinforces the call for people to step up and say something when regulations are being violated or something poses a potential threat to the school.
Asked whether Santo will be fired or disciplined, Henderson told 2 NEWS it is a personnel matter that will be dealt with internally.
Santo has been released pending review of formal charges with the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.