No weapon found after social media post about gun prompts shelter in place at Ponitz school

Credit: Marshall Gorby

Credit: Marshall Gorby

No weapons were found Monday morning after a social media post about a student with a firearm prompted a shelter in place at David H. Ponitz Career Technology Center.

A student reported to a school resource officer that another student posted a photo of a gun “along with words of sneaking something into a school,” according to a Dayton Police Department report.

Dayton Public Schools interim Superintendent David Lawrence said the school started the shelter in place at 8:47 a.m.

“Dayton police were contacted immediately and the student was identified,” he said. “After a thorough search, no weapon was found on the student or in his locker. As an added precaution, police and K9s searched the school but did not locate any weapons. The shelter in place was lifted after police confirmed the building was safe and the school day resumed as normal.”

The student told police the words posted about sneaking something into school was a lyric in a rap song he liked, the report stated.

Dayton police said the student was released to his grandmother and that the district is handling the discipline case.

“The safety of all students and staff is our utmost priority,” Lawrence said. “All disciplinary matters through Dayton Public Schools will be handled in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.”

The district also plans to host a safety and security meeting with high school parents to address any questions about security measures at DPS.

Jose Grimaldo was at Ponitz late Monday morning picking up his children.

“Somebody told me that someone came in with a gun or something so I came to make them safe and take them home,” he said.

Grimaldo added his kids were fine and he was bringing them home as a precaution, but heard initially it was an alarming and chaotic incident.

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