Middle school student arrested after bringing stolen gun and ammo to school

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – The Stark County Sheriff’s Department arrested a middle school student after bringing a stolen gun and ammunition to school.

The student brought the gun to Oakwood Middle School on August 22, according to the incident report.

The students returned to school that day, according to the district’s website.

Officers were alerted to the weapon after another student reported being shown the weapon in a backpack, according to the incident report.

The school’s resource officer found the 9mm pistol and an unloaded magazine in the student’s backpack, according to the report. The officer also found nine hollow point pistol cartridges in a sunglasses case, according to the report.

The student told officers he stole the gun from a car near his home but did not know where the car was, according to the report.

Officers learned that the student took the gun from someone who was in the area visiting a friend.

Officials confirmed the middle schooler was arrested for bringing a firearm into a school zone. He was also charged with robbery.

“The way the situation unfolded illustrates the importance of collaboration and communication when it comes to school safety and security,” Sheriff George T. Maier said in a comment. “I commend the student who had the courage to speak up and bring this serious situation to the attention of a trusted adult. And I am proud of the immediate response provided by both the deputy as school resource officer in the building and by the school administration which led to a safe resolution.

This story is ongoing and will be updated as more details are released.

Martha K. Merrill