Student Arrested at E.R. Martin School with Stolen Firearm

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LANCASTER, PA — The Manheim Township Police Department announced the arrest of a juvenile after an investigation of a reported gun on school property.

According to a criminal complaint. on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at 11:07 AM officers responded to E.R. Martin School, 2000 Wabank Rd, for a report of a gun on school property. Officers determined that a juvenile student brought a handgun to school in a backpack along with a small amount of marijuana. The firearm was unloaded and was not accompanied by any magazines or ammunition; however, the firearm was reported as stolen in 2022.

Lancaster County Juvenile Probation Department prepared a detainer for the student, and they are being detained at the Lancaster County Youth Intervention Center on an allegation charging them with:

  • Firearms not to be carried without a license
  • Possession of a weapon on school property
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Possession of a small amount of marijuana

School staff took notice of irregularities regarding the behavior of the student and conducted a preliminary investigation. The attentiveness and rapid response of school officials led to the early discovery of the firearm which allowed authorities to intervene before anyone could be placed in danger. There was never a threat to the staff, students, or the public.

Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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