The Akron Police Department school resource officer at North High School was checking on a restricted area of the school when he observed a student with a gun in his hand.
Tiqcwon Brent, 19, dropped the loaded gun on the floor and was taken into custody without incident.
Brent is being charged with tampering with evidence, carrying a concealed weapon and illegal conveyance for bringing the gun to school on Tuesday.
Brent appeared before a judge and the bond was set at $500,000.
A 17-year-old student was also arrested for sending a message to Brent warning him to hide the gun. That student was charged with obstructing justice.
“Yesterday, security staff followed a rumor at the school that led them to the discovery of the student carrying the weapon,” Director, Marketing Communications, Mark Williamson said. "We urge all students and parents to communicate with us whenever hearing anything they feel is suspicious or threatening. That kind of information is one of our best deterrents.