Former student allegedly armed on day of national school walkout

A 21-year-old Mason man has been indicted on charges alleging he was carrying a loaded gun in a school safety zone on the day of the national school walkouts and protests following the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Robert T. Stoneman was indicted on charges of illegal possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance in a school safety zone and carrying a concealed weapon on March 14, according to court records.

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Stoneman was arrested at the Mason Community Center by the Mason Police Department, according to Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell. The community center is in a complex also including Mason High School, where events were held in conjunction with the national walkout, but Fornshell Stoneman was not involved or arrested during the Mason observance.

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Police initially interviewed Stoneman while looking for a missing teenager and arrested after the officers realized he was wanted on a warrant, Fornshell said.

Stoneman was arrested on a day students around the nation walked out and held protests to draw attention to school safety, gun control, and the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla.

“We applaud the Mason Police Department’s swift actions that are a tribute to the city’s investment in its Campus Security Team. City and School leaders are continuing to further enhance the campus security concept, and we are investing in increasing the police presence at all of our schools,” Tracey Carson, the school district’s public information officer, said in a statement.

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On Monday, Stoneman was in the county jail, the felony charges having been bound over to a grand jury and having been sentenced on March 22 in Mason Municipal Court for criminal trespassing, receiving stolen property and criminal damaging, according to jail records.

He is scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. on April 27 in Warren County Common Pleas Court.

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