DELPHOS — A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on a charge of inducing panic for an incident Monday that caused Delphos Jefferson High School to be placed on lockdown for several hours.
Police were called to Delphos Jefferson High School on Monday morning regarding rumors that a stolen handgun was possibly hidden on the school grounds. The report indicated this weapon might be used to facilitate a shooting at the school.
Delphos police said school administrators went into a lockdown situation at approximately 11:15 a.m. to protect all students. Classes were dismissed for the day at 1:15 p.m. as police continued to work with the faculty to resolve the investigation, according to the department’s Facebook page.
Investigators arrested the 14-year-old and charged him with inducing panic, a second-degree felony. The juvenile was taken to the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office pending his commitment to a detention facility in Troy, where a detention hearing was scheduled for Tuesday.
Investigators said two handguns stolen during a recent home burglary in Delphos, along with other evidence, were recovered at a location off school property.
The Van Wert County Prosecutors Office will review the case to determine if any other students will face criminal charges.