YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A substitute teacher with Youngstown City Schools and former Youngstown councilman is in hot water after bringing a gun onto school grounds Monday.
According to a police report, officers were notified about 8 a.m. by a parent about a case that was found outside of a vehicle in the parking lot of East High School.
The case was found next to a black Lexus and contained a Bersa .380-caliber pistol loaded with seven rounds.
Police confirmed the vehicle is owned by Rufus Hudson, 58, of Youngstown, who was at the school in the capacity of substitute teacher.
Hudson was called to the office and questioned by police. He said the gun must have fallen out while he was pulling something from the car. The gun was confiscated by police.
Hudson has a valid concealed carry permit registered with the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Ohio Revised Code it is unlawful to bring a weapon into a school safety zone. Hudson could face a fifth-degree felony charge, up to six to 12 months in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.
“The district does not take this situation lightly and is aware that it could have been more dangerous,” said Bill Morvay, chief of security for Youngstown City Schools.
He is not allowed to teach in the Youngstown School District pending the outcome of the case.