HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Deputies arrested a student who was caught with a loaded gun at Armwood High School Tuesday, the sheriff’s office said.
The sheriff’s office said a teacher at Armwood High School noticed a marijuana smell coming from a 17-year-old student. The teacher notified administrators to search the student’s backpack, which is when they found a loaded M&P firearm.
The sheriff’s office says the gun had one round in the chamber and a fully loaded magazine was found in the backpack.
Mickie Cole says her granddaughter is a student at Armwood and she received a recorded phone message about the arrest.
“They said there was a kid who had a loaded gun in his backpack at school and they were notifying all of the parents and that they got the gun, the resource officers I guess and they arrested him and he will never be allowed at this school again,” said Cole.
She’s concerned because her granddaughter has a class with the student who was placed under arrest.
“I think that’s terrible and I think they need to have those metal detectors put into all of the schools because this is an ongoing issue,” said Cole who added that her granddaughter says the student arrested today seemed to be acting strangely before he was arrested. “She said the kid was acting funny like he was on drugs. She said he was even telling the teacher that is it illegal to bring a loaded gun to school, so I don’t know how exactly they found out, but they got him and they got the gun” said Cole.
Deputies said the student also had a scale in his backpack, but no marijuana was found.
The sheriff’s office said the gun belonged to the student’s parent, who was unaware that he had taken it to school.
The student was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on school property and carrying a concealed weapon.
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