EATON TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - The Midview Schools superintendent confirmed a student brought a gun to Midview North Elementary on Thursday.
The elementary school consists of students from kindergarten - 2nd grade.
The Lorain County Sheriff said deputies responded to the school for a report of a student bringing in a firearm at approximately 9:10 a.m.
Upon arrival, deputies reportedly learned an 8-year-old boy was found to have a loaded semi-automatic handgun in his possession.
A classmate alerted the school staff, and a teacher quickly took action to recover the handgun from the 8-year-old student’s locker, according to the sheriff.
The sheriff said deputies took the handgun as evidence as the student was arrested and transported to the Lorain County Detention Home.
Charges against the 8-year-old are reportedly pending through the Lorain County Juvenile Court, and additional charges may be pressed.
The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation.
Superintendent Dr. Bruce R. Willingham, Jr. released the following statement to 19 News regarding the incident:
"We had a student at North bring a firearm to school in his bookbag. Luckily, the student did not threaten or take the firearm out of his bookbag, but the students in the class saw it and reported it immediately. Mrs. Molnar, the principal, and I examined the firearm and it was, in fact, real. We immediately contacted the Sheriff’s Department, Children and Family Services, and the parents; who arrived all within minutes.
Mrs. Molnar and I made contact with every parent in the particular classroom and met with the North staff. We also made all staff aware of the situation and the fact that there was no safety concern for the staff or students. We were very lucky to avoid a more serious situation and I know everyone feels very fortunate that no one was harmed, injured, or threatened.
Thanks again to everyone at North, along with our Deputy Sheriffs."
The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office also released the following statement:
"The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office would like to commend the student who alerted the teacher about this situation and the quick actions of the Midview School staff. The actions of this brave student, and the school staff, likely prevented a tragedy.
The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office would also like to remind everyone that if you have knowledge of a situation like this, then please report it to the proper authorities immediately."