Police in Columbus, Ohio, announced the arrest of a suspect in an active school shooting incident.
WBNS reports that SWAT arrested an 18-year-old male Friday morning at Columbus Scioto High School. Though the student reportedly had gang-affiliated content on his personal Facebook page, a source told The Columbus Dispatch that the shooting wasn’t gang-related.
Columbus Police said they were called about an active shooter at 8:33 a.m. and arrested a suspect by 8:58 a.m. Police Chief Kimberley Jacobs praised a school employee who managed to calm the armed teen down before he was taken into custody, according to CBS News.
— Columbus Ohio Police (@ColumbusPolice) September 8, 2017
NEWS: Students and staff safe following incident this morning at Cols Scioto 6-12. Parents should not come to school. More details coming.
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School district spokesman Scott Varner told the news station that the school was placed on lockdown as the tense situation unfolded. At one point, pupils were moved to a neighboring school but have since been allowed to return to gather their belongings.
Columbus Scioto High School serves about 100 students grades 6-12 who have social, behavioral, and emotional issues. Most of the staff are intervention specialists—allowing them to utilize behavior modification techniques to produce positive results, the local station noted.
Though school officials told The Dispatch that there is no formal search process in place, students reported that they are patted down most mornings and sometimes instructed to take their shoes off.
WCMH reports that the 18-year-old is currently being questioned at police headquarters. School officials said that all students are safe following Friday’s ordeal. However, police asked drivers to avoid the area as they conduct their investigation.
“We couldn’t be happier with the outcome of this,” police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis said.
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