Student arrested after obtaining gun at high school, Stark County Sheriff’s Office says

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PLAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WJW) — A student was arrested after the Stark County Sheriff’s Office said he obtained a gun from another student at GlenOak High School Thursday.

After the incident had been reported to authorities, Stark County deputies reportedly arrived at a home on the 1600 block of Markley Street NW around 3 p.m. that day. There, the sheriff’s office said they discovered 18-year-old Michael Knowles had gotten a firearm from a 17-year-old student.

The 18-year-old was arrested and charged with conveyance of a weapon into a school, which is a felony, the sheriff’s office said. The Stark County juvenile prosecutor is looking into the other teen’s case at this time.

“Regardless of what the intentions may have been, taking a firearm onto school grounds is unacceptable,” Sheriff George Maier said in a statement. “I commend those who reported the incident to law enforcement. While it may not have been an easy decision, it was the right one. School safety and security is a community effort and we all have a responsibility and a role to play.”

Those who may have more information regarding this case are asked to call the sheriff’s office at 330-430-3800 or call anonymously at 330-451-3937.

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