Kirtland High School employee on paid leave after bringing gun on school property

Kirtland High School employee on paid leave after bringing gun on school property

KIRTLAND, OH (WOIO) - An employee with Kirtland Local Schools is on administrative leave as school officials investigate an incident involving a gun on school property.

On Thursday, police responded to a report of a suspicious person with a weapon inside a vehicle parked outside Kirtland High School.

Responding officers quickly identified the subject, who is an employee at the school. The subject was found to be in possession of a weapon and taken into custody.

The Kirtland Police Department said it had no reason to believe that anyone was in danger, though a lockdown was implemented as a precaution.

Kirtland Superintendent Bill Wade issued the following statement:

"Thursday afternoon, an employee with a concealed carry permit was securing his weapon in his vehicle in the school parking lot when a student saw him and notified administrators. A lockdown was implemented as a precaution while the Kirtland Police Department responded. After determining there was no threat to students or staff, the lockdown was lifted. The employee was placed on paid administrative leave while the district investigates whether there was a violation of Board of Education policy. This is a personnel issue, so the district cannot comment any further.

We want to commend our student for coming forward, and for everyone who followed all safety procedures and maintained a safe campus during lockdown."

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