Police charge former student with possessing AR-15 on Cloverdale High School property

Ford Mayhew

CLOVERDALE, Ind. — A former student of Cloverdale High School (CHS) has been charged with possession of a fireman on school property.

Ford Mayhew, of Quincy, Indiana, was detained after an administrator observed him with a firearm in the school parking lot during dismissal Tuesday.

CHS says the former student retrieved a gun from a car in the parking lot and was intending to put the gun into their personal vehicle.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says the weapon was an AR-15 that had been damaged in a fire, but it was loaded with a magazine.

The school’s assistant principle saw the former student with the gun and immediately notified the school resource officer (SRO). He was then detained by police, and the Cloverdale Police Department began an investigation.

The Superintendent of Cloverdale Community Schools Greg Linton told FOX59 the former student had graduated the previous year, and that he does not believe the student had intentions to do anything destructive at the school.

Authorities say they do not believe that any current students were involved in the incident, and there will be no punishment for the person in possession of the vehicle in which the AR-15 was taken from.

“Administration is grateful for the support and quick action of our SRO and the Cloverdale Police Department,” said Superintendent Linton.

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