A misdemeanor firearm charge and a charge of inducing panic were filed against a student in Reynoldsburg's BELL (Business, Education, Leadership and Law) Academy Jan. 25 after he brought a BB gun to school.
According to a report by the School Resource Officer assigned to the academy, a student told the officer she saw other students passing a handgun around in her first period class at BELL Academy, 6699 E. Livingston Ave.
"She said it was a small black gun and it was wrapped in a white shirt," the officer wrote in the report. "She said she was very upset about seeing the gun and that it made her feel sick."
The officer notified Principal Erica Dodson and Dean of Students Mike Hudak, who found the students who may have been passing around the handgun. Hudak located the gun in one of the boy's bookbags, according to the police report.
The officer said the gun was a black Daisy Powerline 201 BB handgun, and is "indistinguishable from a firearm."
"(The boy) said he found the gun near a dumpster in Woodview Apartments on his way to school this morning," the officer stated in the report. "(The boy) said he brought it to school because he was curious about how to use it ... he said that he was going to ask me how to use the gun because he wants to be a police officer someday."
Police charged the boy with inducing panic and illegal possession of an object indistinguishable from a firearm in a school safety zone through Franklin County Juvenile Court.
In other Reynoldsburg police news:
* A man and woman were arrested and charged with petty theft after they allegedly tried to steal $816.24 worth of merchandise Jan. 29 from a business in the 2700 block of Taylor Road Extension. Police reports said the two adults brought their son to the business while they attempted to each walk out of separate exit doors with carts full of merchandise. The officer said the couple's son was "relayed home to the care of his grandmother."
The adults were cited into Reynoldsburg Mayor's Court on one count of petty theft each and released on their own recognizance.
* Two men described as "older black males" were shown on surveillance video stealing $894.31 from a cash drawer at 2 p.m. on Jan. 24 at a business in the 8100 block of East Broad Street, police reported.
The manager said the men entered the business and inquired about the price of tires, then walked up to the cash drawer and took money and an unknown number of credit card slips when the manager left the showroom.
The reporting officer said one of the suspects had gray hair and was wearing a gray and black coat, blue jeans and a black hat. The other was wearing a black trench coat, khaki pants, a blue dress shirt and black bandana. Police said the robbery is still under investigation.
* A woman tried to steal two television sets worth $320 by walking out of a business in the 2400 block of Taylor Park Drive with the televisions in her arms at 10:39 p.m. Jan. 31, police reported. Employees told police the woman fought with loss prevention personnel who stopped her at the exit and refused to walk back to the loss prevention office or answer any questions.
Police reports said the woman was charged with theft and transported to the Franklin County jail. Police noted she had been arrested and charged with theft by Reynoldsburg officers Jan. 16 at a business in the 2700 block of Taylor Road.
* Police are investigating three thefts from vehicles that occurred between 12:15 and 12:33 a.m. Jan. 28 at two businesses in the 2300 block of Taylor Road and the 2300 block of state Route 256, across the street from the Taylor Road business.
In each case, the driver's side rear window of a vehicle was shattered, according to the reports. Items stolen from the cars included a pair of men's black dress pants valued at $150; a laptop computer of unknown value and another laptop computer worth $800.
The reporting officer said surveillance video of the parking lot of the Taylor Road business shows a man wearing a red jacket and a black skull cap getting out of a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse and breaking the windows in two of the vehicles.