Gun found at Leon High School, student arrested

Gun seized at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Fla.
Gun seized at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Fla.(Leon Co. Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 13, 2022 at 1:54 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 13, 2022 at 5:25 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - A Leon High School student was arrested Tuesday after a handgun was found in his backpack.

The sheriff’s office says school administrators were investigating a separate incident involving the 17-year-old student, when he admitted having the Glock 22. Administrators immediately conducted a search of his bag and secured the weapon, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The student did not brandish (the gun) or use it in a threatening manner against any students or staff,” investigators said.

Deputies say the teen was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center. He is charged with Possession of a Firearm on School Property.

“No threats of any kind were involved and the campus is now secure,” Principal Michael Bryan said in a statement.

It’s the third time in recent weeks a teen has been caught with a gun on a Leon County Schools property.

Last Friday, Leon County Sheriff’s deputies say they found a loaded 9mm handgun in the backpack of a 15-year-old Godby High School student.

On August 26, a 14-year-old was caught carrying a loaded Taurus handgun while attending a football game at Gene Cox stadium, according to LCSO.

Also last week, a 15-year-old Lincoln High School student was arrested after deputies say he posted threats of violence on social media and bragged about bringing a gun on campus. No weapon was found.

“LCSO wants to remind citizens that it is a violation of state law for any person to carry a firearm or weapon on school premises, schoolprovided transportation, or other facilities being used exclusively for school activities,” the Leon County Sheriff’s Office said in announcing this most recent incident.

“Families are encouraged to discuss with their children the potential consequences of bringing a weapon on school property,” LCSO said.