MARION — Marion Community Schools reports two 17-year-old male students were arrested this week after bringing a firearm to Marion High School.
The school says police do not believe the two incidents, which happened on Wednesday and Thursday, are connected.
On Wednesday, police say a school security officer saw the barrel of a gun sticking out of a student's backpack. On Thursday, school staff received information that a student had a gun in his backpack and one was located, according to Marion Police.
Marion High School was on lockdown for about three hours Thursday as law enforcement conducted a precautionary security sweep of the building. The school says there was not believed to be an active threat and dismissal will run as usual.
"Marion Community Schools does not tolerate weapons of any sort on campus. Any student found to be in possession of such an item is subject to expulsion, in accordance with school rules," the school said in a statement. "Marion Community Schools takes all reports of threats seriously. Safety of our students is top priority. All reports of threats are investigated. We are committed to a safe and healthy learning environment."
The district has an anonymous student/school safety hotline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can call or text 765-997-8585 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Police say the investigation is active.