Campbell teacher charged with having a gun on school grounds - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Campbell teacher charged with having a gun on school grounds

Posted: Updated:

CAMPBELL, Ohio  -  A Campbell High School teacher, charged with bringing a weapon on to school property, is convicted of a less serious charge.

Campbell Police charged 36-year-old Jason McCray, after he was initially pulled over for speeding.

He alerted officers as required by law, that he had a conceal carry permit, and that he had a gun in his car, under the driver's seat.

McCray stated, "I am a teacher at Campbell Memorial High School.  I just left work."

When the officer asked McCray if he was allowed to have a gun on school property, McCray replied that he was unsure, but had left the gun in the car due to having returned from vacation.

McCray also admitted he had the firearm in his car on school property.  Officers pulled him over on November 8th, just after school let out.  He was driving on 6th Street near Blossom.

He was cited for speeding in a school zone, police say he was traveling 34 mph in a 20 mph zone.

After further investigation, McCray was charged with Illegal conveyance or possession of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance in a school safety zone.  The crime is a low-level felony.

But as McCray appeared in Campbell court, he pleaded to a misdemeanor charge of aggravated trespassing.  He forfeited his 9MM handgun to Campbell Police, and paid a $250 fine.

McCray is on paid administrative leave from the school district, pending a formal disciplinary hearing.

Campbell Police Chief Drew Rauzan tells 21 News, "This is a very sad case.  Mr. McCray broke the law and his actions needed addressed so that others do not infer that it is okay to carry a gun onto school property, even if it was a mistake.  Anyone caught with a gun on school grounds will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, including school staff."

 

 

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Lightning kills boy swimming in Pennsylvania creek

    Lightning kills boy swimming in Pennsylvania creek

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:09 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:09:34 GMT
    Authorities say a lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a central Pennsylvania creek.More >>
    Authorities say a lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a central Pennsylvania creek.More >>
  • Ohio police: Wedding guest tries to steal gifts

    Ohio police: Wedding guest tries to steal gifts

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Police in Dayton say a wedding guest tried to make off with checks and cash for the newlyweds. Officers were called to the wedding reception late Saturday night after workers noticed that a safe had been emptied out. Police say about $6,800 was found in unopened wedding cards inside a tuxedo garment bag belonging to one of the guests. A police report says surveillance video showed a man entering the office and later walking out with the garment bag. The man told police he...More >>
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Police in Dayton say a wedding guest tried to make off with checks and cash for the newlyweds. Officers were called to the wedding reception late Saturday night after workers noticed that a safe had been emptied out. Police say about $6,800 was found in unopened wedding cards inside a tuxedo garment bag belonging to one of the guests. A police report says surveillance video showed a man entering the office and later walking out with the garment bag. The man told police he...More >>
  • Flying club remembers 4 killed in Ohio plane crash

    Flying club remembers 4 killed in Ohio plane crash

    CLEVELAND (AP) - Members of a flying club held a candlelight vigil to remember four Ohio college students killed a week ago when a small plane crashed just after taking off near Cleveland. Friends and family members were among the 80 people who gathered Sunday night near the crash site in Willoughby Hills. Federal officials say the pilot of the plane reported he was having trouble climbing just after takeoff and was trying to return to the airport. All four people aboard the plane were stude...More >>
    CLEVELAND (AP) - Members of a flying club held a candlelight vigil to remember four Ohio college students killed a week ago when a small plane crashed just after taking off near Cleveland. Friends and family members were among the 80 people who gathered Sunday night near the crash site in Willoughby Hills. Federal officials say the pilot of the plane reported he was having trouble climbing just after takeoff and was trying to return to the airport. All four people aboard the plane were stude...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms