4 Franklin students suspended after BB gun found at high school

Franklin police responded shortly before noon to the high school, 750 E. Fourth St., after school officials reported the incident.

A student brought a BB gun pistol to school and then passed is along to at least three other students, according to Police Chief Russell Whitman. He said school staff recovered the BB gun and turned it over to police officers at the scene.

Police said there was never a threat to students, staff or the building.

Once the investigation is complete, the case will be presented to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

Four students have been suspended from school and will face expulsion, according to Franklin Superintendent Michael Sander. Because this incident involved a weapon, the students are facing an expulsion of up to one calendar year, he said.

“Discipline was carried out following school and board policies in conjunction with the Franklin Police Department,” Sander wrote in an email sent to parents. “The district would like to thank the students and staff for implementing the measures in place that allowed the matter to be brought to the school’s attention. The Franklin City School District makes safety a top priority and will continue to have no tolerance for actions that compromise the safety of students and staff.”

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