Thursday, October 7, 2004

Mason High student arrested at his home

Parents found gun while looking for son's homework

By Michael D. Clark
Enquirer staff writer

MASON - A 15-year-old high school student was arrested Wednesday after a teacher's call home prompted the boy's parents to search his room, leading to the discovery of a gun.

Mason High Schoolofficials said the boy had not taken the revolver to school, but evidence was uncovered later of written threats made by the student, though not toward anyone at the school.

The teacher's call was about missing homework, which prompted the parents to search his room, said officials.

Schools spokeswoman Shelly Benesh-Hausman said Mason police also are investigating the possible involvement of two Mason Middle School students who might have supplied the gun to the arrested teen.

Mason High School Police Officer Troy Nelson said the boy was arrested at his home, charged with receiving stolen property and was taken to the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center in Lebanon pending a detention hearing today. The boy has been suspended from school and faces possible expulsion.

Officials from both the high school and middle school sent a letter home Wednesday with more than 3,700 students, notifying parents about the situation and assuring them that no weapon was taken to the schools, nor were threats made against students or staff.

"School safety is a very important issue and we wanted to make sure there were no rumors and that parents received accurate information," said Benesh-Hausman.

Anyone with information is asked to call SafeSchools LifeLine (866) 548-3847.



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