Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

March 8, 2013

UPDATE: Gun found at Kokomo Area Career Center

Student says gun, clip hidden in auto tech classroom ceiling.

By Lindsey Ziliak
Tribune staff writer

Kokomo — Auto tech students at the Kokomo Area Career Center Friday accidentally discovered a loaded handgun and extra clip hidden in the ceiling in their classroom, a student reported.

The high schoolers were playing with a tape measure when the tool hit the ceiling and moved a ceiling tile.

A loaded 9mm Beretta in its holster fell to the ground, said the teen boy, who asked that his name not be used.

“At first, we thought it was a fake gun,” the boy said.

They discovered that it was, in fact, a real weapon and there was an extra clip with it, the auto tech student said.

The teacher took the gun to the principal’s office, and police came in to investigate, he said.

Kokomo-Center School officials confirmed Friday that a weapon was found at the career center, but they were tight-lipped about the details surrounding the incident.

Dave Barnes, director of communications for the district, released a statement Friday afternoon saying that a weapon was discovered, and police confiscated it.

“No students were in danger during this unfortunate incident,” Barnes said. “All students are safe.”

After reading the statement, Barnes said the district wouldn’t release other details.

Kokomo Police Chief Rob Baker said there were two school resource officers in the building at the time, and they were taking extra precautions Friday to make sure everyone remained safe.

Baker said his department is investigating the incident. He said more information would be released next week as the investigation continues.

Baker said he could not release further details about the incident without authorization from the school district.