Bond has been posted and a preliminary hearing scheduled Oct. 12 in Franklin County Municipal Court for an 18-year-old Gahanna Lincoln High School student who was charged with illegal conveyance of a firearm into a school safety zone.

The student was arraigned Oct. 3, a day after he allegedly took a handgun to Gahanna Lincoln High School’s Clark Hall, 380 Granville St.

Gahanna police received a report of a student with a handgun at 7:58 a.m. Oct. 2 at Clark Hall.

Although no overt threat was made, high school resource officers from the Gahanna Division of Police immediately were notified and took the student into custody, according to Steve Barrett, Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools superintendent.

Court documents show $1,085 was paid to post bond for the student Oct. 3.

As a condition of the bond, he must stay away from Gahanna Lincoln High School.

Other requirements include no possession of firearms or ammunition, no alcohol and/or drugs and no further acts of violence.

Gahanna police Chief Jeff Spence said illegal conveyance of a firearm into a school safety zone is a fifth-degree felony.

“Penalties are at the discretion of the trial judge and based upon the convicted offense,” he said. “However, there are many variables that can occur.”

The penalties for the offense range from a mandatory 1-year community control to up to a year in prison and a maximum fine of $2,500.

Barrett said the district was made aware of a student just as classes had begun Oct. 2.

“School security and the safety of students is our priority and our responsibility,” he said. “We are grateful this situation was quickly contained, and we appreciate the swift response of by our police department. We also appreciate the diligence and immediate action of our high school administrative team, teachers and staff.”

According to the G-J weapons-policy manual that was revised Aug. 9, the district prohibits students from possessing, storing, making or using a weapon, including a concealed weapon, in a school safety zone and any setting that is under the control and supervision of the board for the purpose of school activities approved and authorized by the board.

The policy is implemented through the Code of Conduct/Student Discipline Code and states the superintendent will refer any student who violates the policy to the student's parents or guardians and to the criminal-justice or juvenile-delinquency system.

The student also could be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.

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Student brought handgun to Gahanna Lincoln High School

A student allegedly brought a handgun to Gahanna Lincoln High School this morning, Tuesday, Oct. 2, and was taken into custody by the Gahanna Division of Police.

Gahanna-Jefferson Superintendent Steve Barrett said the district was made aware of a student with a handgun just as classes began at the high school, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

“While no overt threat was made, Gahanna police were immediately notified and took the student into custody,” he said. “School security and the safety of students is our priority and our responsibility. We are grateful this situation was quickly contained, and we appreciate the swift response of by our police department. We also appreciate the diligence and immediate action of our high school administrative team, teachers and staff.”

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