AKRON, Ohio — Two teenagers were arrested at a high school in Akron Tuesday after a gun was brought to the campus.
According to Akron police, 19-year-old Tiqcwon Brent was caught with a loaded handgun at North High School.
Officials say a school resource officer and an assistant principal found Brent in an empty room in a restricted area with the gun in his hand around 10 a.m. The two had begun searching the building after rumors spread about a student having a weapon on campus.
Once they located the Brent, he reportedly dropped the gun. The officer recovered the weapon and arrested the student for possession of a gun.
Akron Public Schools says a 17-year-old student was also arrested for sending text messages to Brent, warning him to hide the weapon. He was charged with obstructing justice.
North High School initiated lockdown protocol after the incident and informed parents of the situation.
The district released the following statement to FOX 8:
"Akron Public Schools, its security staff, teachers and Akron police who work in our buildings are vigilant every day working to keep students and staff in all 47 of our schools safe. Yesterday, security staff followed a rumor at the school that led them to the discovery of the student carrying the weapon.
We urge all students and parents to communicate with us whenever hearing anything they feel is suspicious or threatening. That kind of information is one of our best deterrents."
The school board will decide whether or not the Brent will be expelled following a due process procedure.
The district also indicated that the teen transferred to North High School this year from a district in Cuyahoga County and may have been homeless.