School put on alert during police search for stabbing suspect

By William Duffield Staff Writer

February 27, 2014

XENIA — An early morning stabbing and search for people involved led to an alert at Xenia High School Wednesday.

“We got a call about an assault at 905 E. Market St. that turned out to be an altercation between two teenagers,” Capt. Scott Anger of the Xenia Police Division said.

In that altercation, 18-year-old Caleb Smith received a cut on his finger.

“We’re not sure how (the cut) happened,” Anger said. “But it was reported as a stabbing.”

Anger said the suspect was a 17-year-old male subject who was found at the Green Lake Drive Apartments. The teen was arrested at that location.

According to Xenia Community Schools Interim Superintendent Denny Morrison, the high school went on high alert because of the incident.

“It wasn’t a lockdown, per se,” Morrison said. “We had a situation with a problem in the east end of town. One of the people was taken into custody and the other was thought to be near the high school.

“We had the principal (Ted Holop) get on the PA and tell students what was going on,” he continued. “We informed the students of the procedure, such as no hall passes. We issued a One Call to parents to let them know what was going on.”

Morrison said the school’s Resource Officer Dean Margioras was at the school, too. Margioras was in radio contact with other XPD personnel regarding the situation.

“We also had teachers posted at every door so no one was coming in or out,” Morrison said. “Shortly after that, Xenia Police was able to get the second guy,” ending the alert.

“Of course, we sent someone from central office down to Tecumseh (Elementary) to make sure things went smoothly there, too.”

In a release on the XCS website, it states “During this situation, our students and staff were safe and learning. The situation was resolved by 12:35 (p.m.) and police were out of the area by 1:30 (p.m.). XHS maintained the established procedures until the police cleared the area.”

The release continued to say that students who were scheduled to leave at normal time, 2:23 p.m., were doing so under normal, safe conditions.

The conclusion of the release stated that “Today, XHS took steps to assure the safety of the students and staff.”

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