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Boy flashed gun at officer in Ohio school



TOLEDO, Ohio — A 14-year-old student flashed a pellet gun inside an Ohio high school, setting off a lockdown and short standoff Monday in a hallway before he was taken into custody, police and a witness said. No one was hurt.
The student, whose name wasn’t released, was kicked out of class and sent to a room for students serving in-school suspensions, where he told a school police officer that he had a gun and pulled it partly out his book bag, said Kayla Williams, a student inside the room.
“We ran out screaming,” said Williams, who was standing just feet away from the boy.
The pellet gun looked like a real handgun, Toledo police spokesman Lt. Mark King said. The teen was taken into custody after he was isolated in a hallway and officers fired a bean bag round at his feet.
Negotiators talked to the boy during the standoff, but officials said he didn’t give a reason for bringing the pellet gun to Scott High School, which is just outside downtown Toledo.
The boy was holding the gun but never pointed it at police during the standoff, King said
The teen told the officer he had a gun and started to pull it out before shoving it back in his bag, Williams said.
“It looked real,” she said.
Scott High School has about 600 students. The school has armed officers, but no metal detectors.





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