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2 students arrested after exchanging a firearm on the premises of GlenOak High School

An 18-year-old and a 17-year-old were both taken into custody without incident, according to police.
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STARK COUNTY, Ohio — Two teenagers are in police custody today after allegedly exchanging a firearm on the premises of a Canton-area high school. 

According to the Stark County Sheriff's Office, deputies were recently called to a home in Plain Township after hearing of a firearm exchange that took place between 18-year-old Michael Knowles and a 17-year-old student at GlenOak High School. 

Officials say that the exchange occurred on Thursday, Jan. 5, on the high school's grounds.

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Knowles was arrested without incident and charged with a felony county of conveyance of a weapon into a school, according to the Stark County Sheriff's Office. At this time, the case involving the 17-year-old is under review with the Stark County Juvenile Prosecutor. 

“Regardless of what the intentions may have been, taking a firearm onto school grounds is unacceptable,” explained Sheriff George T. Maier. “I commend those who reported the incident to law enforcement. While it may not have been an easy decision, it was the right one. School safety and security is a community effort and we all have a responsibility and a role to play.” 

This case remains under investigation by the Stark County Sheriff's Office. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to reach out to officials at (330) 430-3800, or call the anonymous tip line at (330) 451-3937. 

This is a developing story. Check back with 3News for updates as we receive them. 


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