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Student, 14, accused of bringing realistic-looking BB gun to Westerville Central football game

WESTERVILLE, OH (WCMH) – Police say a student has been charged after bringing a realistic-looking BB gun to a Westerville Central football game.

According to Genoa Township police, officers were tipped off by students that someone was carrying a gun. Because of vague information, the student was not found that night.

The next day, police found a social media post showing the boy lifting his shirt to show what appeared to be a gun.

The student was identified with the help of tips from several other students.

Police said the 14-year-old middle school student was charged with possession of a gun in a school safety zone.

“This incident could have ended tragically if officers encountered this individual carrying this BB gun which is indistinguishable from a real firearm without close examination. We want to thank those students who did the right thing by helping us identify this individual,” said Genoa Township Chief of Police Steve Gammill.  


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