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Lake Central High School

ST. JOHN — Police said Tuesday criminal charges are possible as they continue to investigate reports that a community member brought a gun onto the Lake Central High School campus.

The Lake Central School Corp. was not immediately made aware of the incident by its teacher. However, when the district learned of the allegation, school administrators notified St. John police, and an investigation was started, Police Chief James Kveton said.

The school district said in a message to parents that a "community member" arrived on the school campus after the end of the school day Friday, exited his vehicle and approached an open area of the building where students were present while carrying a side arm that was visible to those in the area.

"He returned the gun to his car, then returned to the building to discuss an issue with our teacher," the school district said. "For reasons that we still do not understand, the teacher did not notify administration or local police about this incident."

Lake Central Superintendent Larry Veracco wrote in the message that the school administration was not made aware of the situation until "well after all students had left for the day."

St. John police received a call about a weapon offense at the high school at 5:40 p.m. Friday, records show. 

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Veracco said a student told a parent, who reported the situation to the district.

"Any individuals involved in this occurrence and failing to adhere to the school corporation's safety plans and protocols will be held responsible according to School Board policy and relevant law," Veracco said.

Kveton said the investigation is ongoing, but it's likely police will seek charges.

The school district asked parents to discuss with their children the importance of reporting weapons at schools and any behavior perceived as threatening.

"'See something, hear something, say something' remains one of our best defenses against threats to school safety," Veracco said.

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