Toledo Police have confirmed an armed student inside Scott High School has been taken into custody.Classes resumed Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday. Students were inside the building when the armed person, a 14-year-old male student, isolated himself inside the school. Negotiators were sent to the scene before 10 a.m. The first call to Toledo Police from Toledo Public Schools security came in around 9:30 a.m.
Shortly before 11 a.m., Toledo Police sent a tweet saying the student had been taken into custody. The student was seen being placed into a police car outside the school.Toledo Public Schools spokesperson Patty Mazur said students were safe inside the building which was placed on lockdown. Officials urged parents not to come by the school to pick up their chilren.
At least a few dozen parents gathered outside the school despite requests from police to stay away. Some expressed worry for their own children, in addition to the armed student. "Still worried about the little kid, because you don't know what's going on in his life," one parent told WNWO while waiting for her child outside Scott High School Monday morning.
Toledo Police said in a press conference that the student was part of a program at the school but had never acted out before, according to his parents. Another parent told WNWO that the young man was "openly crying for help" through posts on his Facebook profile. She said the boy complained of being bullied at school and before Monday was "suicidal."Police said negotiations with the student were made in a hallway near a set of lockers. The suspect was shot by police in the foot with a bean bag. That is when police were able to swarm the student and take him into custody.
Prior to the student's capture, police said they were uncertain as to exactly what weapon the student had, but they did notice the handle of what appeared to be a handgun on the suspect. The student was later discovered to have been holding a pellet gun, according to reports.
Toledo Public Schools spokesperson Jim Gault said students will be allowed to leave the school at 11:30 a.m. with a proper form of identification from parents. "Our responsibility is to take care of students inside," said Gault. "We'll talk to the kids tomorrow, we'll have counselors on staff. Our job is to continue to educate children."
After being taken to the Juvenile Justice Center in downtown Toledo, the teen was charged with Making Terroristic Threats and Illegal Conveyance of a Dangerous Ordnance.