Student charged after gun, loaded magazine found at Marion-Franklin High School

Waki Malik Bryant (Columbus Divsion of Police)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A judge has charged a student Thursday and set his bond after authorities recovered a handgun, loaded magazine and marijuana from a backpack at Marion-Franklin High School Wednesday morning.

According to Columbus police, a school safety and security officer at the school located on Koebel Road was alerted to someone smoking marijuana in a hallway bathroom.

The officer stopped a student, identified as 18-year-old Waki Malik Bryant, outside the bathroom and searched his backpack. The officer found a black waist pack containing a handgun, loaded magazine, marijuana and a digital scale.

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Columbus police were contacted and arrested Bryant.

Bryant is charged with one count of carrying a concealed weapon. His bond is set at $50,000.

Bryant is due back in court on September 13.

Below is the message that was sent to families:

"Greetings Marion-Franklin Family,

Through proactive security measures by the staff of Marion-Franklin High School, a weapon was confiscated today. The situation was quickly addressed and the student was removed from the building by the police. There was no threat nor disruption to learning. Thank you for your continuous support. As always, a safe and secure learning environment is our highest priority. Have a good evening."

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