Man arrested after gun found at Oswego East High School
By Steve Lord email@example.com October 30, 2013 11:31AM
A gun was found Oct. 30 at Oswego East High School. | File photo
Updated: December 2, 2013 12:05PM
OSWEGO — Police here charged a man Wednesday after he brought a gun onto Oswego East High School property and apparently accidently left it there.
Michael T. Martin, 62, of the 25000 block of Cove Court, Plainfield, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon with an enhancement for being on school property, a Class 3 felony.
Martin works for Sterling Engineering, which the Oswego School District contracted with to work on computer networks throughout the district. Martin was the sole employee assigned by Sterling to the Oswego district, according to Matthew Wendt, Oswego superintendent of schools.
According to police, Martin apparently absent-mindedly carried the gun inside the school Wednesday morning, took it out in a second floor faculty restroom and left it there.
Wendt said the restroom is secured from student use, and a staff member found the handgun at 9:12 a.m.
“Basically, he just forgot that he put it there,” said Police Capt. Jeff Burgner, media relations officer. “We have no indication of any intention to utilize it. There was no threat to the school or the staff.”
Wendt, in a statement made in a press release, said after the handgun was found, the school was placed on lockdown “to ensure the safety of the students and staff.” He said police and school officials searched the school and found no further weapons or “items of a suspicious nature.”
Staff was allowed to continue teaching during the search, and about an hour after the gun was found, the lockdown ended and school activities resumed, Wendt said.
School staff and police investigated, and Burgner said they reviewed video footage and interviewed staff members to determine who had last been in the restroom.
Martin was detained by Oswego police, charged and taken to the Kendall County Jail to await a bond hearing before a judge.
Wendt said Martin had been working in the district since April, and before being assigned to Oswego schools he had gone through an FBI background check.
Wendt praised how well Oswego school staff and the police “partnered” to investigate the incident.
“We have found no reason to believe that a student or staff member was in danger at any time and all (school district) protocols and Board of Education policies for this type of incident were followed,” he said.
Burgner said Martin had a Firearm Owners Identification card, so could legally carry a gun.
“The charges are because (he) possessed it on school property,” he said.