GAHANNA, OH (WCMH) — Tense moments at Gahanna Lincoln High School after police say a student brought a gun on school grounds. The incident happened this morning just before 8 o’clock.
Gahanna Police say although no threat was made, that student was taken into custody.
Police say 18-year-old Gahanna Lincoln High School senior Marshal Francis was arrested Tuesday for bringing a gun into Clark Hall, the school’s career and technology center located across the street from the main campus.
“The gun was located in a backpack and all that I can tell you right now is that the gun was in the immediate care control and custody of the student. Both the firearm and the ammunition for the firearm were recovered from the backpack,” said Gahanna police Lieutenant Ethan Moffitt.
Lieutenant Moffitt says it was another student who saw the gun in Francis possession and told a school resource officer. Gahanna Lincoln High School currently has three resource officers assigned to the campus to look out for the safety of nearly two thousand students.
“You know we had a kid that said something and we always say that if you see something say something. A lot of time that does not happen if you look at some of these incidents that have happened in the past years and the reports there is information that came out after the fact that someone knew about it and I think that you can’t understate that in this case the student did the right thing and immediately notified the school staff and law enforcement,” said Moffitt.
Gahanna-Jefferson superintendent Steve Barrett sent a message out to high school parents saying…
School security and the safety of students is our priority and our responsibility. We are grateful this situation was quickly contained, and we appreciate the swift response of by our police department.
Francis is facing a charge of illegal conveyance of a firearm in a school safety zone.