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Gunpowder At School, Discipline Hearing Set



David Deskins, Archbold Area School District superintendent, said he is considering disciplinary action against two male AHS students who brought an unknown substance, alleged to be gunpowder, to school.

"From our end, we have no information to suggest the two kids intended to do any harm to the students or the school," Deskins said.

"Instead it appears from our investigation that this situation involved one student wishing to show the substance to another student," he said.

Because the substance was reported to be gunpowder, school officials said Ohio law sets specific requirements regarding disciplinary action.

The incident allegedly occurred sometime between Friday, Oct. 10 and Friday, Oct. 17.

The actual material has been disposed of, so no one knows exactly what it was.

Police

Martin Schmidt, Archbold police chief, said officers learned of the incident.

Originally, they were told a student had overheard two others talking about an explosive device- a bomb.

Officers interviewed the two boys and obtained written statements.

Schmidt said the matter was sent to Roger Nagel, Fulton County prosecuting attorney. Nagel declined to prosecute the youths.

Discipline

While the police and office of the prosecutor were working on the case, the school district’s investigation continued.

Deskins said disciplinary hearings have been scheduled.

The two youths face expulsion from AHS. He said Ohio law mandates a one-year expulsion.

Deskins emphasized that based on the investigation, the youths had no intent of harming anyone.

However, due to the nature of the allegations, Deskins said school officials maintain this is a very serious incident, and it should be treated appropriately.- David Pugh



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