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Student brings loaded handgun to local school
CINCINNATI (Curtis Jackson) -- A student is under arrest Wednesday night in connection with a loaded handgun at a local school.
It happened at the Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy in the West End. For the second time in as many days, a gun has found its way to a local school. Police say it's fortunate no one was hurt.
Lt. Michael Fern of the Cincinnati Police said, "Luckily the school trains for these types of incidents as well as the CPD and everything just meshed and everyone was safe."
A dangerous, real-life drama unfolded at the Cincinnati College Prep Academy. Throughout the school day, students approach teacher and administrators with frightening information: a classmate had a loaded gun at school.
"The people that came forward with this information should be commended for their diligence and forthrightness trying to do the right thing."
The administrators notified the school resource officer. That officer called the District One police for backup. Police say they arrived at the school at about 4:30 in the afternoon. They confronted a 14-year-old boy who admitted to having a loaded semi-automatic. He surrendered the gun without incident.
This is the second time this week local police have dealt with a gun on campus. On Tuesday, police say 18-year-old Cameron Kelley left Holmes High School at the end of the day and returned with a .38 caliber handgun. Kelley told Covington police he intended to sell the weapon.
Why the student brought a gun to school is under investigation. What is clear is that the system designed to protect schools from gun violence worked.
"It was actually a really good coordinated effort between the school staff. They did exactly what they were supposed to do and along with the Cincinnati Police Department. So we were able to get the individual into custody safely as well as make the firearm safe."
The unidentified 14-year-old student is in the juvenile detention center Wednesday night. Police say he will likely face a judge Thursday morning. That student has been charged with bringing a gun onto school premises.