The 15-year-old Raymer Elementary student who brought a loaded gun to school Friday appeared before a judge Monday. In the meantime, TPS is standing by its security measures.
Some parents were outraged after a loaded handgun was found inside Raymer Elementary School Friday. Police say a school employee found the .38 handgun in the pocket of a student's jacket while looking for a missing coat. The school resource officer was immediately contacted and took the gun.
According to police, the 15-year-old student admitted to buying the gun from someone on the street. He never showed anyone the gun or made threats.
TPS sent out a recorded phone message to Raymer parents about the incident.
Toledo Public School officials say safety is their number one priority and believe their administration executed to its fullest Friday.
"We have the ninth rated security indicators in the country, which was identified by Security magazine. The thing is, is that shows the indication that our school district, our administration, as well as our security personnel, as well as working with TPD, in regards to providing the most safe and secure environment for our students," said Romules Durant, assistant superintendent for TPS.
Durant believes it is important to continue their work with families and continue to educate.
"I think in regards to, more and more, we become socially and emotionally learned in regards to understanding our students, as well as the community, and continue to work with the families in regards to one, you know. The first and foremost where we say 'Hey, make sure to work with the schools, in regards to checking your child's bag, checking their pockets and coats, before they leave for school.' Because many of these things can be dealt with at the household," said Durant.
The student, whose name is being withheld due to his age, was taken into custody at a juvenile jail. He is now facing four felony weapon charges and one misdemeanor.
After appearing in juvenile court Monday morning, he remains in the Lucas County Juvenile Detention Center. He is due back in court April 9.
He has been suspended and Raymer Elementary School officials have asked TPS to expel him.
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