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Warren student charged after taking BB gun to school

WARREN — A 15-year-old boy was arrested Thursday afternoon after Warren G. Harding officials found a black XBG Umarex BB gun in his backpack, according to a police report.

Superintendent Steve Chiaro said Friday charges were amended from a felony to a misdemeanor as investigators determined no threat was made and no harm done. The student told police that he had dropped the gun into his bookbag after over the summer and forgot it was there.

The boy was pulled aside about 1:45 p.m. Thursday after school officials noticed him showing students something in his bookbag.

School resource officer Sgt. Geoff Fusco and two principals took the teen and his bookbag to a separate room away from other students. When asked whether he had anything that should not be in the bag, the boy responded, “A BB gun in the large main compartment,” according to a police report.

During the investigation, another student told police that the teen told him the day before that he was going to bring the gun to school. The other student told police when he asked if it was a BB gun, he was told, “No, it was real,” according to the police report.

The teen initially was charged with inducing panic — a felony — and was transported to the Trumbull County Juvenile Justice Center. However, after the investigation was complete, the charge was amended a misdemeanor charge of conveying or possessing a weapon on school property, Chiaro said.

“After a review of the circumstances and facts gathered yesterday (Thursday) afternoon, it is my understanding the prosecutor amended the charges in this situation from an F2 to an M1,” the superintendent said.

“As our building administration responded to and investigated this matter, at no time did we believe there was a direct threat or imminent danger presented to our students and staff,” Chiaro said. “We continue to strive to maintain the safety and well-being of our students and faculty at all times.”

rsmith@tribtoday.com

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