Student arrested after weapon found on Leon High School grounds

Published: Jan. 11, 2023 at 3:32 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - An 11th-grade student was arrested Wednesday morning after bringing a stolen gun to the Leon High School campus.

According to the Leon County Sheriff’s Office, the student was caught with a loaded 9mm, Glock 48 handgun, which was reported stolen out of Tallahassee. LCSO said the student was seen showing off the gun on social media. When school administrators found out, they searched him and found the weapon.

“We’re all like super shocked and kind of scared,” Leon High student Amelia Haggins told WCTV.

The student was suspended, and he is in the process of being expelled, according to LCS officials.

Leon County Spokesperson, Chris Petly, said the 17-year-old student will be disciplined “to the fullest extent of the law & per the student code of conduct.”

“It feels good knowing that he’s situated,” Haggins said. “But I’m still kind of stressed for possible situations in the future.”

There have been at least four weapon incidents at Leon County high schools since the beginning of the school year.

At the beginning of September 2022, a Godby student was arrested after a loaded handgun and marijuana were found in his backpack. A week later, a 17-year-old student was arrested after a loaded handgun was found in his backpack. Aug. 29, a 14-year-old student was arrested with a loaded gun found in his jacket during a football game at Gene Cox Stadium.

LCS rolled out several new measures at the beginning of 2023 to address school safety. The steps included metal detectors and patrol dogs on campuses.