Ammo found on students at Willoughby school

Two 14-year-old boys were arrested on felony charges
Published: Mar. 9, 2023 at 1:26 PM EST
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WILLOUGHBY, Ohio (WOIO) - Willoughby police said officers arrested two students on Thursday morning after a classmate reported to the school staff that the students said they were carrying firearm magazines.

Two 14-year-old boys were located in a classroom at the Northern Career Institute - Willoughby, and investigators say the students were found in possession of several loaded and unloaded magazines. What’s unclear is where the teens got the magazines and bullets, and what if anything they planned to use them for.

The school was immediately locked down as police thoroughly searched Euclid Avenue building, and police say no firearms were located.

Afternoon classes at the school were canceled and parents were notified of the lockdown, police say.

The Willoughby-Eastlake administration issued a statement from Interim Superintendent Charles Murphy saying in part, “... the Willoughby-Eastlake administration will collaborate with law enforcement agencies to enforce all appropriate consequences, which can include school suspension, expulsion, and criminal charges.”

Willoughby Police Detectives will be handling the investigation.

Both teens are held in a Lake County juvenile facility and will appear in court on Friday morning to answer to a felony charge of inducing panic, and according to detectives are likely to face other charges as well.