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Ottumwa High School Student Arrested for Carrying Weapons

By Melissa Lambrecht, March 08, 2018

(Press Release from OPD) – On Thursday, March 08, 2018, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Ottumwa Police Department School Resource Officers recovered a 9mm handgun from a student’s backpack at the Ottumwa High School.

The student was identified as Tyler Jordan Tucker, age 16, of 1420 E. Plum, Ottumwa.  Tucker has been arrested and charged with Carrying Weapons on School Grounds, a Class “D” Felony.

Due to Tucker’s age and that this particular offense is a weapons violation, Tucker’s charge falls under the jurisdiction of adult court.  Tucker was arraigned in Wapello County Magistrate Court and subsequently posted a $5,000 bond and was released from custody.


 Please note the following pursuant to recent Supreme Court rulings:   “A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”


(Press release from OHS) –  An Ottumwa High School student was found in possession of a firearm and knife blade this morning. The student showed the weapon to a fellow student, who then notified an OHS teacher. Within minutes the teacher notified the School Resource Officer and the student was removed from the classroom.

“The school did not go into lockdown because the threat was contained within minutes,” said Superintendent Nicole Kooiker.

Below is the timeline of events:

  • Student showed another student the gun during second period (8:48 – 9:22)
  • Student that was showed the gun reported to staff member at approximately 9:55 a.m.
  • Staff member reported incident to School Resource Officer (SRO) at 9:57 a.m.
  • SRO contacted an Associate Principal at 9:58 a.m.
  • Associate Principal and SROs removed student from his classroom at 9:59 a.m.  Student was separated from possessions immediately.
  • Student was questioned by SROs and Associate Principals conducted a search of the backpack at approximately 10 a.m. Gun and knife blade were found in bag.
  • Superintendent and High School Principal were immediately notified and immediately worked to assure there were not additional safety concerns.
  • Superintendent and High School Principal interviewed staff member.
  • SRO notified Ottumwa Police Department supervisor, Sergeant Aljets.
  • Parent was notified by SRO.
  • Sergeant Aljets interviewed all students involved.
  • Staff email sent out at 10:52 a.m. and parent/community notifications sent shortly thereafter.

“Ottumwa Community Schools is committed to ensuring the safety of our students,” said Kooiker. “We can’t control what the students do but we can control our response. I’m proud of the quick action taken by staff to contain the situation.”

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