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Police called to west side elementary school after gun found in 10 year-old’s backpack

Police called to west side elementary school after gun found in 10 year-old’s backpack

Jack McLaughlin

Columbus Police were called to a west side elementary school after a gun was found in a student’s backpack yesterday morning.

Police said that at 9:52 a.m. yesterday, officers were called to Westgate Alternative Elementary School after a school staff member called to report finding a gun.

According to Jacqueline Bryant, Director of Communications at Columbus City Schools, the school was placed on lockdown for approximately an hour yesterday morning in relation to the incident.

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The student, a 10 year-old, was removed from the building and arrested. 

“Columbus City Schools has a Zero Tolerance policy on possessing any object that can be deemed a weapon or potentially dangerous to others in a school environment. In addition, our Guide to Student Success also clarifies the outcomes of bringing prohibited items to school, including potential suspension or expulsion,” Bryant said in a statement shared with 614Now. “We applaud the individuals who came forward and reported the concern—it demonstrates the importance of “See Something, Say Something.”

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