Student jailed after knives found


By Scott Halasz

XENIA — A Xenia High School student is in the Greene County Jail today after he was found with knives on a school bus Wednesday morning.

Mackenzie Clark, 18, could face charges of illegal conveyance or possession of weapons in school, a fifth-degree felony; carrying a concealed weapon, a first-degree misdemeanor; and menacing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

According to Xenia Community Schools Superintendent Denny Morrison, the bus driver learned that one of the students may have a knife and called the school. Administrators met the bus as it arrived and when Clark wasn’t cooperative, police became involved, according to Morrison.

“They did search the student and his belongings,” he said. “They found several knives.”

The incident happened around 9 a.m. as the schools were on a two-hour delay. Morrison said a one-call was made to the parents of every student on the bus.

“I’m not one that tries to hide things,” he said, adding that no threat had been made by the student.

In addition to the potential legal issues, Clark is facing school discipline as well.

“When we have a young man that brings not one, but several knives to school, that is concerning,” Morrison said. “We’re taking it very seriously. He made a poor decision. He will be facing strong consequences.”


Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.