School employee accused of bringing weapon into parking lot of Greece Odyssey
GREECE, N.Y. (WHEC) — A Greece School District employee was arrested after police said she brought a weapon into the parking lot of Greece Odyssey Academy on Wednesday during a dispute.
On September 7, 2022, at 7:42 a.m., the Greece Police Department responded to a report of a woman who pointed a gun at another person in the parking lot of Odyssey Academy. At 7:44 a.m., a Greece Police Officer arrived on the scene and the school was placed on lockdown by Greece school officials.
The preliminary investigation revealed two cars were driving on Mt. Read Boulevard when an altercation occurred over a traffic issue. Both cars drove into the parking lot at Odyssey, where the dispute continued, resulting in a reported menacing involving a handgun.
The suspect, a school employee, walked into the school. According to the information the police officer was given, the gun was left in the vehicle. Officers shared the information with district security, and the school was placed on lockdown.
Greece officers found the suspect, who was cooperative and found the gun in a glove box in the suspect’s car. The gun was loaded and in a holster.
Police arrested the suspect and the school lockdown was lifted by district security.
Olga M. Martinez, 39, a Rochester resident, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds, criminal possession of a firearm, rifle, or shotgun in a sensitive location, and menacing. Martinez did have a valid New York State pistol permit. She is currently awaiting arraignment in Greece Town Court.
The school district released the following statement:
“We wanted to make you aware of a situation that occurred in our school parking lot this morning. Two adults who had been in a dispute while driving on Mt. Read Blvd. pulled into the Odyssey parking lot around 7:45 a.m. One of the drivers reported that the other displayed a weapon during the dispute. One of our new district safety officers was on campus at the time of the incident and the school was put into an immediate lockdown while the situation was investigated. Greece Police worked with our security team to identify the suspect and determined that the weapon was never taken into the school. The suspect, a Greece employee, was arrested and has since been terminated.
This is not the news we want to be sharing on the first day of school but we hope you can take some solace in the fact that our security system worked. Students and staff were never in any danger and the school day has continued uninterrupted.”