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4 students arrested after gun found at Lake Region High School in Polk Co.

Polk County

Polk County Sheriff’s Office

POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Four students have been arrested after a gun was found on Lake Region High School’s campus Thursday.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the 357 Magnum revolver was found after a lockdown while a thorough search of the school was underway.

An investigation began at 9 a.m. when a student reported to the school resource deputy that a handgun was seen on campus.

The suspect, a 16-year-old male, pointed the gun at another student, then passed it to someone else.

After searching for hours, deputies later found the gun in the possession of two female students, aged 14 and 16.

When the gun was found, it was not loaded, however, a bullet was found in a 15-year-old male student’s backpack. He was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors.

Below are the charges for the three other students arrested:

  • 16-year-old male who pointed the gun at another student
    • Possession of a firearm on school grounds
    • Possession of a concealed firearm
    • Disruption of a school function
    • Aggravated assault with a firearm (for pointing the gun at another student)
    • Tampering with evidence
    • Exhibition of a firearm
    • Possession of a firearm by a minor
  • 14- and 16-year-old females found with gun in possession
    • Possession of a firearm on school grounds
    • Possession of a concealed firearm
    • Tampering with evidence
    • Disruption of a school function
    • Possession of a firearm by a minor

Students were dismissed at their usual time and after-school activities proceeded as normal.

School officials say parents were updated throughout the day via the district’s automated messaging system.

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