According to a Facebook post by the Twinsburg Police Department, two juveniles were arrested Wednesday outside of Twinsburg High School.
Police Chief Christopher Noga confirmed in a post from the department’s page that police had increased their presence at the school due to rumors of a possible fight. An officer observed two juveniles on the driveway between the Twinsburg Fitness Center and the high school around 2 p.m. Thinking the two should not be there, Noga said the officer approached them and asked what they were up to.
According to the chief, one teen replied he was not supposed to be on the property because he has been expelled, but he needed a ride home. Because he was not supposed to be on school property, a pat-down search was performed. Officers reported finding a loaded pistol in the person’s coat pocket as well as a small amount of marijuana. The second juvenile was reported to also be found possessing a small amount of marijuana. Both were arrested without incident, according to the chief.
The 17-year-old juvenile who was reportedly possessing the firearm is a current resident of Hudson and was charged with illegal conveyance of a firearm into a school safety zone, a fifth-degree felony. He was also charged with criminal trespass, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, and taken to the Summit County Juvenile Detention Facility.
The other juvenile is a 16-year-old Twinsburg High School student. He was charged with possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor, and released to a relative.
Noga assured the community there was no relation between the rumors of a fight and the juveniles being on campus.
"The safety of our students is of utmost importance to the Twinsburg Police Department and we will always take the necessary steps to ensure that safety," Noga said.
After relaying the details of the situation, Noga continued the post saying he was disappointed by the spread of inaccurate information on social media. He chastised those who spoke without knowing all the facts for creating panic within the community.
"Our community has always trusted my leadership and judgment when it comes to releasing what information I can when I can," Noga said. "To do that requires time to ensure accurate information is released. I would rather take a little extra time to make sure you have the accurate facts rather than release incomplete information more quickly."
He concluded the post by asking residents to reconsider posting something they do not know is completely accurate.
Reporter Kaitlyn McGarvey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-298-1127