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Gun found in student locker

Updated: Friday, September 13 2013, 04:20 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va.—

Wheeling Police said that a 12-year-old student was taken into custody after police learned he had a gun in his locker at Wheeling Middle School.

Students and parents notified the schools resource officer that the student may have brought a firearm to school.

Sgt. John Schultz found the firearm in the student’s locker and quickly took it away.

The student was not in possession of the weapon at the time of the investigation and nobody was in immediate danger at the beginning of the school day.

Police said within 5 minutes of being tipped off, the weapon and person responsible were taken into custody.

The 12-year-old is being charged with possession of a firearm at a school.

Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger said, “Although stories like these are scary ones, I rest easy knowing the working relationship between Wheeling PD and Ohio County Schools. This is a perfect example of the benefits of the PRO Program in our community.”

Due to the child’s age, no further details will be released and the Ohio County Schools continues to work closely with the WPD on this matter.

Gun found in student locker


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