Upper Arlington News

Schools locked down after report of teen with gun

Five Upper Arlington-area schools were placed on lockdown late in the afternoon on Nov. 20 after police received a report of a teenager riding a bicycle with a gun in the area.

At approximately 4:20 p.m. Nov. 20, the Upper Arlington Police Department received a report that three students playing after school at Windermere Elementary, 401Windermere Road, saw an unidentified teenage boy with a firearm tucked into his waistband ride a bike through school property.

"The investigation continues," Lt. Greg Patrick said. "The incident will be assigned to an investigator and they will more than likely re-interview the witnesses. We will provide the schools in the area added cruiser patrol."

Immediately following the report, Windermere Elementary was locked down as a precaution, as were Hastings Middle School, Greensview Elementary, Wickliffe Elementary and Wellington School. Patrick said the measure was taken because there were both students and staff at the schools at the time.

Additionally, he said the suspect didn't brandish the alleged firearm or speak to the students at Windermere before riding off in an unknown direction.

At this point, police can't confirm if what the students saw was a real firearm, he said.

"They didn't have any interaction," Patrick said. "It's not as though he said anything to them or even acknowledged their presence. The narrative from the (responding) officer says (the suspect) basically was riding his bicycle and the back of his shirt came up and the students saw a gun tucked into the back of his waistband. It could've been inadvertent."

Patrick said the incident appears to be isolated.

"We haven't had any incidents like that within recent memory," he said.

There were no classes throughout the Upper Arlington City School District on Wednesday, Nov. 21, because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes resumed on Monday, Nov. 26.