Teen charged with possessing weapons, trespassing at school

A former Central High School student has been charged with trespassing and possessing a handgun and a knife on school property.

According to the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, the 16-year-old boy was arrested without incident at the corner of Susan Avenue and West Reservoir Road near Central High School in Woodstock at 3:17 p.m. Friday.

“The 16 year old did not make any threats to any of the students or staff of the Central High School campus,” the Sheriff’s Office stated in a news release on its Facebook page.

The teen, of Front Royal, now attends school in Warren County, where the release stated that the incident apparently began after he “had been involved in a school disciplinary matter” there.

“At 2:10 PM., (sic) staff from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office reported that the 16 year old male had taken his parent’s vehicle without permission, as well as a handgun from his residence,” according to the release.

“A vehicle matching the description of the one taken by the 16 year old, a blue Toyota, was reported in the vicinity of Walton Farm Road, west of Woodstock at 2:52 PM. (sic).”

The vehicle was found in the Central High School student parking area at about 3:08 p.m., Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Sheriff’s Office said later that day.

“We did recover a handgun and a knife from the vehicle,” Dellinger said. “He’s been charged with possession of weapons on school property … and also a trespassing charge as well.”

Dellinger said the trespassing charge was the result of the juvenile being on school property after Shenandoah County Public Schools expelled him last school year.

The release stated that the teen will be taken in for a mental health evaluation.

Responding to the incident were sheriff’s deputies, Woodstock police and Virginia State Police.