Saturday, February 15, 2003

Tip leads to teen with gun

Weapon brought onto campus

By Dan Klepal and Dave Eck
The Cincinnati Enquirer

A 16-year-old boy was arrested Friday at Dater High School on the Western Hills High School campus and accused of bringing a handgun onto school grounds, a fifth-degree felony.

School officials received a tip early in the day that someone was "coming on the campus with the intent of harming a student," Cincinnati Public Schools spokeswoman Jan Leslie said. The tipster - the mother of a boy accompanying the arrested student - also gave a description of the car, a black Chevrolet Beretta.

About 2:30 p.m., police say the boy drove into the parking lot with three other boys in the car. The car was stopped immediately by a school resource officer, and a search turned up a .22-caliber handgun.

No one was hurt in the incident.

The male student who was thought to be the intended victim had been receiving harassing phone calls all week.

The driver, who was not a student at the school, also faces charges of criminal trespass and driving without a license. None of the other passengers in the car, all students at the school, were arrested.

Police and the school district are investigating the incident. Leslie said the school district has a "safe line," which students or parents can call to report suspicious information or activity. That number is 369-3333.

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