UPDATE: Fairmont student faces charges for gun at school

A 17-year-old Fairmont High School student in Kettering is being charged after he admitted to having a BB gun on campus.

The student faces charges of criminal trespass and taking a weapon indistinguishable from a firearm into a school safety zone, Kettering Police Department spokesman Officer Tyler Johnson said in an email.

The ongoing investigation into Thursday’s incident is being handled by the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office juvenile division, Johnson said.

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The case follows an Oct. 18 Fairmont incident involving a 17-year-old female who authorities said admitted to making a shooting threat on campus.

Students in both cases have been charged, prosecutor’s office Spokesman Greg Flannagan said.

The teen in this week’s incident faces the charges outlined by Kettering police, fourth- and first-degree misdemeanors, respectively, Flannagan said.

The teen in the October case has been charged with making false alarms, a first-degree misdemeanor, he added.

Thursday’s incident involved a teen sharing a photograph with another student of himself in a restroom “with what looked like a handgun,” Kettering schools Superintendent Mindy McCarty-Stewart said in a message to parents.

The student the photo was shared with reported the issue to the administration, leading them to contact the Kettering police, McCarty-Stewart said.

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Kettering police found the student who shared the photo later off campus and he said the weapon was a BB gun, McCarty-Stewart said.

McCarty-Stewart said in her message Thursday the district “will discipline as severely as possible per Ohio law and board policy.”

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