Centerville schools employee brings gun to school, is arrested

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. 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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