MILWAUKEE (WITI) — A Milwaukee parent is accused of bringing a loaded firearm into Riverside High School. The man is a concealed carry permit holder who says he entered the school forgetting he had the weapon on his person.
40-year-old John Guyton has been charged with possession of a firearm on the grounds of a school — a felony charge.
Milwaukee police officers on March 13th were dispatched to Riverside High School for a gun complaint.
Officers spoke with the school safety assistant assigned to front door security. According to the criminal complaint against Guyton, the woman told police she observed Guyton, a parent, enter the school, sign into the MPS log book and walk toward the scanner. The safety assistant told police the man then grabbed at his right side waistband area, turn quickly to his right, and run out of the school.
The complaint says the safety officer told police she observed Guyton place an object under the front passenger seat.
The complaint says the safety officer stopped Guyton at the door as he attempted to re-enter the school, and told him he could not enter the school because she thought he had a gun. The complaint says Guyton told her it was not a gun, but rather a switchblade he forgot he had.
Police were able to recover a firearm from the vehicle parked in the school’s parking lot. According to the complaint, the firearm was a black Glock .40 caliber loaded with 15 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber.
The complaint indicates the firearm was previously reported stolen.
Police spoke with Guyton, who said he had come to the school to pick up his daughter, and had forgotten he had the gun on his person.
Guyton is a valid concealed carry permit holder.
If convicted of the felony charge against him, Guyton faces a maximum of three years and six months in prison, and/or a maximum of $10,000 in fines.