School Janitor Accused Of Bringing Gun, Drugs To Work

Richard Danz Placed On Unpaid Leave

A Wayne Township School employee was accused of bringing a gun and drugs to Ben Davis University High School on Tuesday.

School officials said Richard Danz works at Ben Davis as a custodian. He was arrested after administrators reported that he was allegedly carrying a gun on school property.

"They had heard rumors that Mr. Danz possibly had a firearm, so they immediately began investigating," spokeswoman Mary Lang said.

According to the police report, an officer working on campus approached Danz about the rumors. Danz denied having a gun with him, but he allowed an officer to search his pickup truck parked in the school’s parking lot. Police said they found a loaded .40-caliber handgun and marijuana inside Danz’s truck.

Indiana law allows employees to bring guns to work and store them in their cars, but schools are on the list of exempt places, RTV6's Eboné Monet reported.

Parent Debbie Mechling said she was concerned for the safety of her children.

"(Employees) need to obey the law. If he's not allowed to have (a gun), then he should have left it at home,” Mechling said.

Parent Juan Flores said he was also concerned.

"People should be careful of what they do because bringing a gun to school is not a good idea,” he said.

School was not in session on Tuesday, and officials said Danz was put on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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