Teen charged in gun case

SIDNEY — The Sidney High School teenager who allegedly took a gun to school Tuesday has been charged.

According to Shelby County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Jim Frye, the 14-year-old has been charged with illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance or of object indistinguishable of firearm in a school safety zone. The charge is a fifth-degree felony.

The gun recovered by Sgt. Scott Atwood, who is Sidney High School’s school resource officer, and administrators Doug Zimmer, Dan Barnes and John Willoughby was a .25 caliber automatic and it was in the student’s backpack.

The student is currently being held in the West Central Juvenile Detention Center.

The incident began Tuesday at 2:22 p.m. when a student received a text message stating a student had shown a gun in a classroom. The student showed the teacher the text and the went to the office to report the incident.

Teachers were notified of the incident via email and were told to keep the students in their classroom. The first responders at the school went classroom to classroom and locked all the doors.

Atwood and the administrators entered the classroom where the student allegedly had the gun. They evacuated the room and checked all the possessions that were left and discovered the loaded handgun.

The student was taken into custody and transported to the Shelby County Jail before being transferred to the detention center.

The investigation remains under investigation.

Staff report