Greenfield H.S. officials nab 16-year-old student who brought gun to school

Anonymous tip led to discovery of handgun

GREENFIELD, Ind. - Greenfield school officials said a 16-year-old high school student brought a handgun into the building Tuesday morning. 

The Greenfield-Central Community School District sent out an alert to parents Tuesday that the student had been discovered with the handgun before classes began. Officials said someone submitted an anonymous tip to Greenfield Central High School that a student may have brought the handgun with him.

The school’s resource officer found the student before classes started and brought him to the principal’s office, where officials said they found the student was, in fact, in possession of a small handgun. Greenfield Police Chief John Jester said he had a .22-caliber handgun with one round in it. Jester said the student told investigators he had brought the gun to school so he could sell it to someone after classes.

Greenfield police escorted the student from the building and the school says officers will begin a complete investigation. Jester said charges are expected to be filed.

School officials stressed there was never any threat to anyone, but they are still taking the case very seriously.

School principal Steve Bryant and superintendent of Greenfield Central Schools Dr. Linda Gellert issued this message to parents:

“Greenfield Central High School would like to thank individuals who made the right choice to inform the school administration, allowing for the early intervention. Greenfield Central will continue to be vigilant to keep our schools and our students safe.”

Greenfield police were working with the Hancock County prosecutor's office to determine what charges the teen should face.

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