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Students charged with possession of BB gun at North

Wednesday December 4, 2013 10:01 AM

Two Westerville North High School students were charged with possessing an object indistinguishable from a firearm in a school safety zone after one of them brought a BB handgun to school Nov. 21, Westerville police reported.

A student reported to school officials that a 16-year-old boy was in possession of a gun in school, police reports said.

When questioned by police, the student said that another student, a 15-year-old boy, showed him the BB gun on the bus and asked if he knew anyone who would like to buy it.

The 16-year-old said the boy with the gun approached him at lunch and asked him to hold the gun for him because he believed he was about to be searched.

The 16-year-old boy took the gun and stashed it, along with a container of copper BBs, in a reusable shopping bag behind a trash can.

The 15-year-old denied having the gun, but the 16-year-old's story was supported by surveillance video from the school, reports said.

Both boys were charged with the misdemeanor offense.

In other recent incident reports from the Westerville Division of Police:

• A 14-year-old Westerville South High School student was arrested and charged with assault through the Franklin County Juvenile Court Nov. 22 after she entered a gym class, approached another girl and began punching her.

The attacked girl sustained bruising and swelling to her face and cuts in her mouth.

• A 16-year-old Westerville North High School student was arrested and charged with assault through the Franklin County Juvenile Court Nov. 25 after she approached another student in the hallway, accused him of stealing an iPod and began punching him.

The boy was not injured.

• A window was broken out of a van between 9:30 a.m. and noon Nov. 24 while the vehicle was parked in a lot in the 300 block of North State Street. A woman's purse, which was left on the front passenger's seat, was stolen.

• A wallet was stolen from the passenger seat of an unlocked, running vehicle that was left unattended between 8:05 and 8:12 a.m. Nov. 25 in the 100 block of Orchard Lane.