By Rick Palsgrove
A hand gun was found in the book bag of a student at Groveport Madison High School on the morning of Nov. 9.
“The 17-year-old male student was brought to the school’s office by high school staff due to an (alleged) odor of marijuana on his person,” said Groveport Police Lt. Josh Short. “Staff found the hand gun in the student’s book bag while searching for marijuana.”
Short said the gun was a 9mm handgun. He said the student did not fire the gun.
“He (the student) stated he had forgotten that he had put it in his book bag,” said Short. “He further stated he had bought the gun on the street in a city he had previously lived in prior to recently moving to central Ohio and that he had bought it for protection due to neighborhood issues.”
Short said the student will be charged with illegal possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety zone, which is a fifth degree felony.
When asked how often students are found to carrying guns at Groveport Madison High School, Short said, “Not often. This is the first reported incident since 2017. In 2017 one female student was charged with bringing a hand gun into the school and a male student was charged with bringing a BB gun, that looked like a rifle, into school.”
Other Groveport Police news
•Sgt. Josh Guiler stated officers have increased traffic enforcement on Main Street due to complaints about speeding drivers.
•Groveport Police assisted the Columbus Police with a search warrant in the Elmont Place subdivision regarding a resident who is allegedly involved in drug related activities outside of Groveport. Groveport officers detained the suspect and Columbus officers handled all charges.
•Sgt. Sam Yockey reported there were a few recent thefts from vehicles in the Grove Pointe, Hickory Grove, and Elmont Place subdivisions. He said these thefts primarily happened to unlocked vehicles between 1-3:30 a.m. Officers heavily patrolled the area using different techniques, but have not yet been successful in catching the suspects, though officers state they have an idea where the suspects may possibly reside.
Groveport Police crime statistics
October crime statistics, according to the Groveport Police: 18 arrests, 22 accidents, 7 assaults, 0 burglary, 6 domestic disputes, 3 domestic violence, 3 OVI and alcohol, 10 thefts/robberies, 0 stolen/unauthorized use, 0 missing persons, 1 weapon related call, 3 narcotic related offense, 6 parking, threats, 3 vandalism, 0 juvenile complaint, 36 traffic citations, 0 sex related crime, 1-2 suicide attempt – DOA.