Police: Student had gun

Pictured : Greenfield-Central High School.(Tom Russo | Daily Reporter) The_Daily_Reporter

GREENFIELD — A video posted to social media of a gun-toting student on school grounds with a gun led to a lockdown Tuesday at Greenfield-Central High School, according to police.

The video shows a 17-year-old student seated inside a car that appeared to be parked in the school’s parking lot at 810 N. Broadway St., said Maj. Matt Holland, the Greenfield Police Department’s deputy chief.

The teen was clearly holding a handgun, Holland said.

Law enforcement was notified after someone who saw the video online called 911 around noon Tuesday. Police do not know how long the video had been online, Holland said.

Investigators immediately responded to the high school. The building was placed on lockdown as a precaution, though officers do not believe students were ever in danger, officials said.

The student in the video and two others believed to be involved — 18-year-old Bailey Rankin and two juveniles — were found and taken into custody for questioning by investigators, Holland said.

The gun seen in the video was confiscated, officials said.

Police anticipate criminal charges will be filed against the 17-year-old caught in the video holding the gun and the 18-year-old involved in the incident, according to a news release; the second juvenile involved was released after questioning without further incident, police said.

Once their investigation is complete, detectives will hand over their reports to the prosecutor’s office and the juvenile probation department to make a final decision on charges.

The lockdown at the high school lasted about 30 minutes, school leaders said in a statement on the district’s Facebook page, which reiterated that no students were at risk, and the school was safe.

The lockdown came at the recommendation of local law enforcement, the statement reads. Once the students involved were taken into custody, regular class schedules resumed.

The incident at Greenfield-Central occurred on the same day a 15-year-old Kentucky student opened fire at his high school, killing two classmates and injuring 17 others, according to The Associated Press.

That shooter, whose name was not released, was arrested and will likely be charged with murder and attempted murder, Kentucky police told the AP.

The shooting in Kentucky marked the first fatal school shooting of 2018.

Local police said they do not believe the incident at Greenfield-Central was connected in any way to the incident in Kentucky.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.