A 17-year-old Boardman High School student was arrested and is facing suspension or expulsion after he was found with a gun on the school bus, according to the school district.
The incident was reported to police through anonymous tips on Wednesday.
According to a police report, a student reported hearing the suspect say, “They wouldn’t find it unless they had a drug dog. I’ll shoot up the bus.”
A school resource officer and three Boardman police officers went to find the bus but said it was empty and the students had already been dropped off. Police located the teen at the library and questioned him about having a gun, which he denied, according to a police report.
Police said a search of the boy’s bag, which was at his home, uncovered an unloaded pistol with the serial number removed. There was no ammunition in the bag.
Superintendent Tim Saxton said the district is taking the incident seriously, even though the gun was unloaded.
“This situation is very unfortunate, but what I’m encouraged by, is we teach kids when they see something, say something,” he said. “Safety is about many things, but most importantly depends on people. I applaud our students of Boardman High School for their courage to speak up and report and ensuring the safety of students and staff at Boardman. ”
The teen is now being held in the Juvenile Justice Center on a charge of illegal conveyance of a lethal weapon on school property.