GERMAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) — A student is in custody after German Township Police found a gun off Northwestern Junior Senior High School property Wednesday.
A post on the German Township Police Facebook page confirms a juvenile was in custody at the Juvenile Detention Center.
Police say those classmates alerted school officials, who quickly contacted German Township Police.
Northwestern School Board President Andy Gundolf told 2 NEWS the gun was later found off of school property and explained the 12-hour delayed message sent to parents.
“The communication delay is a parallel of the time of the investigation,” Gundolf said. “The investigation was ongoing throughout the day and the student was removed from our property and no firearm was found. As the investigation unfolded the firearm was recovered off of school property.”
A post on the Northwestern Local Schools Facebook page confirms a student told a staff member about a student possibly having a handgun on campus.
Gundolf said he was pleased the students who became aware of the situation told a staff member about the incident.
“I am a parent in the same building and classes and the safety is the utmost importance,” he said. “We are happy we had students that came forward.”
The school’s Facebook post goes on to say the school and police conducted an investigation, determining the student might have a weapon. Police later determined the student did have a firearm, leading to that student’s arrest.
Police have not released information about the age or gender of the student arrested in connection with the gun incident.
The post on the German Township Police Facebook page says authorities have determined the school is “completely safe.”
2 NEWS is working to learn more information and will update this story as new details develop.
The full Facebook posts from German Township Police and Northwestern Local Schools are included below: