The Press Newspaper
Eastwood School Superintendent Brent Welker said deputies of the Wood County Sheriff’s Department will be at the high school campus “intermittently” this week as district officials and the department try to determine who was responsible for leaving ammunition in a restroom Friday at the high school.
Administrators put the school in lockdown for much of the day after a student found the ammunition early that morning in a boy’s restroom.
Welker said .22 caliber rounds, 9-millimeter rounds, and one .223 round were found.
The administration then conducted searches of lockers, followed by a search of rooms, including backpacks, and had students do a “self pat,” Welker said.
After determining there were no weapons, students were allowed to resume their day and the building operated on a limited lockdown with students being allowed to only move between classes.
Sheriff’s deputies remained in the school until the end of the day.
“With the help of the Wood County Sheriff’s office we feel that we conducted the best search possible before allowing students to come out of the lockdown,” Welker said. “While we were concerned about the safety of our kids, the deputies helped all of us feel a strong sense of security.”
He credited Jeff Hill, high school principal, and Chris Fahim, athletic director, and others on the staff for maintaining calm during the lockdown.
Anyone with information about who is responsible for leaving the ammunition in the school should call the high school office: 419 833-3611, ext. 1251.
Welker said that while there is no “playbook” for dealing with such a situation, administrators and the school board will review how it was handled and discuss what should be implemented if there is a reoccurrence.
He said the best sources about who is responsible may be students and district residents who see or hear something on social media.
The high school will be on a 2-hour delay this week for the Ohio Graduation Test. Students who still need to pass a test section will be reporting at the normal time.