7th-grader at Litchfield CLC in Akron found with loaded handgun

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  • 2022-12-06 02:13:00Z
  • By Akron Beacon Journal

A seventh-grade student at Litchfield Community Learning Center in Akron was taken into custody Monday after he was found with a loaded gun, according to Akron Public Schools.

The incident resulted in the lockdown of the middle school, along with adjacent Firestone High School, from 2 to 2:30 p.m.

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"Students had told teachers of a student they believed was carrying a weapon," said APS spokesman Mark Williamson. "Within nine minutes, the APS security, staff, and the Akron Police Department student resource officer located the student and located a gun in his fanny pack."

Akron police could not be reached for immediate comment.

In a letter emailed to parents Monday night, Superintendent Christine Fowler Mack said the student faces serious charges for possession of a gun.

"This is absolutely unacceptable and reinforces our shared concern and focused attention to safety, security and accountability in our schools," she wrote. "As we have emphasized over the last few weeks, school safety is foundational for good teaching and learning. It is a priority and must be a shared responsibility, as evidenced by the increased offer of city government, safety officials, and community agencies and partners to integrate efforts around this important problem."

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Williamson said the school district "praises the smart thinking of our students who followed through on rumors they had heard.

"As we say, if you see something, say something."

More:Loaded gun found in student's book bag at Akron Public Schools' SOAR facility

In October, a female student was found with a handgun in her backpack at Akron Public Schools' SOAR facility in South Akron, according to the Summit County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office said the student said she didn't know the items were in her bag. She was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

School safety has been a key issue in ongoing contract negotiations with Akron teachers, with the teachers union repeatedly saying schools are "not safe." Just last week, a student stabbed another student, there was a serious fight and a bomb threat at three separate schools,.

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Litchfield/Firestone schools in Akron locked down for loaded gun


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