School: Student arrested after bringing gun in backpack

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Baker Hall School was on lockdown for most of Monday after school officials say a student brought a gun to school.

According to the school, the student, Devonte Ridgeway, 20, set off a metal detector while entering the building like normal.

Baker Hall teaches students who are behaviorally or “mentally challenged.” Students go through the detector every day during arrival and dismissal.

Staff members searched the student’s backpack and found a gun inside of it, they say. Ridgeway was subsequently arrested and was suspended from school.

A school spokesperson said there was no threat to students.

Ridgeway faces felony weapons charges. He was arrested at the school before for an in-school assault, according to Lackwanna police.

Police say Ridgeway is someone who “likes to fight.”

After he saw a judge, Ridgeway was released. He returned to the school, which was still on lockdown, according to police. They say he was not supposed to do this.

After returning, police say Ridgeway ran from the campus and into a nearby cemetery.

At that point, Ridgeway was arrested a second time and taken into custody on $20,000 bail.

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