Student arrested at Start High School after being in possession of handgun, drugs


Start High School was on lock down earlier today after a student was arrested for bringing a handgun to the school.

Toledo Public Schools officials reported that students were safe. However, a search by Toledo police, TPS officials and a K9 unit was conducted as a precaution.

Police identified the suspect as Willie Carter III, 18, who is affiliated with the Lawrence Blood Villians gang.

Carter had a .45-caliber handgun and marijuana with him and is facing drug and gun charges and a resisting arrest charge after scuffling with police upon arrest. According to court documents, a Toledo Public Schools officer learned that Carter had a loaded .45-caliber handgun on him in the school. The officer confronted Carter, who resisted the officer and only complied once the officer pulled his gun on him, according to court documents.

Toledo Police Sgt. Joe Heffernan said that classes are not currently in session.