Multiple arrests made after gun found at Blackford High School


William Shelton (left) and Staci Williams (right)

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UPDATE (Aug. 26, 2019)– William Shelton accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to theft of a firearm. All other charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to jail for a year and a half, but the first 180 days will be on home electronic monitoring and the remaining 12 months were suspended.

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HARTFORD CITY, Ind. – Authorities say a gun was found at Blackford High School Tuesday, which prompted a lockdown.

At around 2:10 p.m., it was reported to school officials that a student was in possession of a gun at school. The school was immediately put into lockdown while authorities were notified.

Around five minutes later, officials say a juvenile was placed into custody after the gun was found.

As an additional precaution every student, every backpack and every classroom was searched to ensure student safety. This led to the prolonged after school dismissal.

The school says coincidentally, at the same time, another student suffered an injury in industrial technology and had to be transported to the hospital. It reportedly caused speculation among students that the injury was related to the gun incident.

Blackford County Schools will resume at normal time Wednesday morning. Students will have access to counselors if needed.

On Friday, officials arrested William Shelton, 19, of Hartford City, for theft of a firearm. Police said he admitted to the theft and providing the handgun to a juvenile. Staci Williams, 39, of Hartford City, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine. Detectives say she knew the juvenile was in possession of the gun days prior to it being brought to the school.

The juvenile remains in a juvenile detention center.

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