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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Toledo Police say 18-year-old William Carter III brought a loaded 45 caliber handgun to Start High School on Monday, April 28. Carter was arrested by a school resource officer inside the school after what police described as a "scuffle."
Police say Carter has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, illegal convince, weapons under disability, drug trafficking, resisting arrest and possession of drugs. Carter had "a large amount of marijuana packaged for sale," according to TPD.
Police say no shots were fired and that no one has been hurt. According to TPD, the student brought a loaded handgun into the school.
The school was put on lock down as lockers and backpacks were searched as a precaution. The lock down was lifted just before 2 p.m. Monday. Students were dismissed at the normal time. Any parents who wished to pick their students up early were able to report to the Start cafeteria.
District spokeswoman Patti Mazur said no changes to dismissal time have been made because of the incident. She says the school hopes to get on with the day as normal as soon as possible.
Mazur says the district got information from "an outside source" that a student may be bringing a weapon to school. That student was detained and searched. Police say a school resource officer approached Carter in the school cafeteria, told him he was under arrest, and then the scuffle ensued. Police say once the officer had Carter on the gun, he discovered the loaded handgun.
"There was no mention of any harm being done. No mention of any threats being done. Just the fact that there was a gun in the school, and then the individuals name that was suppose to have the gun," said Deputy Chief Don Kenney of the Toledo Police Department.
Mazur says a call went out to all Start parents alerting them to the situation.
Police say another student was arrested, but was not connected to Carter. Police say when the school went on lockdown, the student came out of the classroom. When police ordered him to get back in the classroom, they say he became combative.
There are no metal detectors currently at the school building.
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