High school student in Tallahassee arrested for bringing gun to school

1:16 PM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
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Tallahassee, Florida (Tallahassee.com) -- A 15-year-old ninth-grade student at Leon High School was arrested Thursday morning with a gun.

Leon County Sheriff's Office said the student was arrested after a second student reported to a teacher seeing the gun. The school's on-campus resource deputy and a faculty member "separated (the student) from other students and confirmed that he was in possession of a firearm," according to a report from the sheriff's office.

The weapon was a .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun. The teen was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

Leon High School principal Billy Epting sent an email to the school's parents after the incident.

In the email, Epting stressed the gun was unloaded and said the student was immediately taken into custody. When teachers and other staff members return from the holiday break,  they will receive updated safety procedures, Epting said. The school will also conduct new safety drills.

"The quick and safe resolution of today's incident is a result of the tremendous relationship between Leon students, Faculty and Law Enforcement," Epting said in the email. "In lieu of last Friday's events in Connecticut, all schools in the district are currently reviewing their safety procedures including Leon High School."

Sheriff Larry Campbell said the strong working relationship between school faculty and resource deputies is key to safety.

"The crime was resolved without incident because a student observed something he knew was wrong and then said something about it," said Campbell in a statement.

This is the second incident involving a student and guns in the last week in Leon County.

Last Friday a student at Florida A&M University Developmental Research School was found with a firearm in his book bag. The student, who had been threatening suicide, was taken into custody by FAMU police.

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