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.

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