KINGS MILL, Ohio - A Kings High School student took a pellet gun to school Wednesday and was whisked away by the Warren County Sheriff – two days after a school shooting on Cincinnati's west side rocked the community.
The Kings student, a hunter and outdoorsman, told a school official he forgot the rifle was in his vehicle when he drove to school and placed it in the back of the vehicle once he arrived in the school parking lot.
The Kings Local School District superintendent, Dr. Valerie M. Browning, confirmed the incident in this statement to 9 On Your Side:
"On the way to school, a school employee witnessed a student placing a rifle in the back of a vehicle. This fast acting employee reported this information to the school administration. The administration immediately secured the student in his classroom, called the Warren County Sheriff, and verified that the rifle was indeed in the vehicle. Officers were on the scene within 5 minutes.
"The pellet gun is now in the Warren County Sheriff's possession. All students are safe and there was no disruption to the school day. At no point in time did this pellet gun make it into school.
"The student was taken into custody by the Warren County Sheriff. Disciplinary action and possible criminal charges are pending upon further investigation."
Area schools are on high alert after a La Salle High School student shot himself in his first-bell classroom Monday in a suicide attempt. The student remains in critical condition at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
The Kings student, a senior, was suspended with a recommendation for expulsion, per school policy, Browning told 9 On Your Side.
"If a student brings a weapon on campus, or anything that appears to be a weapon, the student is automatically suspended with a year-long recommendation for expulsion - even if it's a mistake," Browning said.
The student will face an expulsion hearing, she said.
Depending on the disciplinary action, the student could graduate if he has completed his grade requirements, Browning said, or the school might put him on alternate instruction until he completes his requirements.
Once the student realized the gun was in his car, he should have immediately driven off the school campus, another school official told 9 On Your Side.
Ironically, Kings High School conducted a crisis drill Wednesday afternoon .
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