Police chief calls St. John’s gunshot rumors falseWritten by Mary Petrides | | firstname.lastname@example.org
When six middle-school students and one adult were arrested outside St. John’s Jesuit High School on May 15, no gunshots were fired, according to police reports.
Toledo Police Chief Mike Navarre confirmed this in a May 20 phone interview.
“I talked to the officer who was there, and he said there were no shots fired,” Navarre said.
There have been comments from local users of social networking sites that a woman at the scene of the May 15 incident was grazed by a bullet and that police were “covering up” the incident.
“Frequently we get reports that shots were fired, and often those reports are erroneous,” Navarre said. “I can’t control rumors.”
Navarre also said he was not aware of any internal investigation was being conducted into the rumored shooting.
The students, none of whom attend St. John’s Jesuit, were arrested for rioting after a fistfight in the parking lot escalated. The fight broke out as the students were leaving an open dance hosted by St. John’s Jesuit.
Brad Bonham, the high school’s principal, said the event was chaperoned by about 20 parents, about 15 high school students and six police officers.
He said the high school has hosted these open dances for about four years.
Patty Mazur, communications director for Toledo Public Schools, said she had no knowledge of guns being involved in the incident.