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Campbell teacher charged with having a gun on school grounds

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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."



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