Student Arrested for Bringing Loaded Gun to School

Herbert Clark
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UPDATE by: James Buechele
11:21 p.m.

Dozens of students were in a hallway of Godby High School when a fight broke out around 9:20 a.m. Thursday.

In a matter of seconds, a student revealed a .357 Magnum revolver. The gun was dropped during the scuffle.

"Another student saw this, was smart, got it away from the incident and held onto it and gave it to a school administrator at the end of the fight," said Leon County Sheriff SGT Rob Reisinger.

LCSO arrested Herbert Clark, 16, and charged him with possession of a firearm on school property: a felony.

"Well obviously it's very concerning for all of us. Everybody puts in a lot of effort to try to identify these problems before they happen."

Although the gun never went off and no students were hurt, some say the whole incident has them worried going forward.

"It just freaks me out a lot because just knowing what all has happened between schools with guns," said sophomore Kevin Smith.

"I'm scared cause a bullet can go to anybody and I don't want to be that person," said sophomore student Andrekia Powell.

By: James Buechele
October 23, 2014 - 5 p.m.

Officials at a Tallahassee high school find a gun after a group of students get into a fight.

One of the students now faces a felony charge.

Students and school officials say a fight broke out around 9:20 a.m. at Godby in between second and third periods.

It's still unknown who started the fight but a group of five guys began fighting.

That's when a student attempted to pull out a loaded .357 magnum revolver.

During the fight the gun was dropped and another student grabbed it and was able to give the weapon to an assistant principal.

Students say the hallway was very crowded while watching the fight but many fled once they heard of a gun.

Five student were arrested but only one face a felony charge of possession of a firearm on school property. 16-year-old Herbert Clark faces that charge.

LCSO says the fight was from issues the students had outside of school in their neighborhood.

Nobody was injured and the gun did not go off.

News Release: LCSO
October 23, 2014

A fight broke out in the hallway by the cafeteria of Godby High School around 9:20 this morning.

During the fight, 16-year-old Herbert Clark attempted to pull a gun out of his jacket pocket.

The gun, a loaded .357 Magnum revolver, fell to the ground and was picked up by another student.

That student gave the gun to an assistant principal who was there breaking up the fight.

Deputies and faculty members positively identified five students as active combatants in the fight.

Clark was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

The other students involved in the fight were all juveniles and were charged with Public Affray.

By: Julie Montanaro

TALLAHASSEE, FL -- A fight at Godby High School earlier today has resulted in the arrest of several students and a school spokesman confirms one of them had a gun on campus.

LCSO confirms the gun found at Godby today was a loaded 357 magnum.

Leon County Schools issued the following statement:

Multiple students have been arrested following an altercation on Godby’s campus this morning. During the investigation of the altercation a weapon was located by an administrator. No students were harmed. The students involved in the fight were suspended immediately and recommended for expulsion.

Godby High School Principal Shelly Bell, sent out the following email:

Earlier today there was an altercation between several Godby students. During the investigation of the altercation a weapon was located by an administrator. This incident stemmed from an alleged ongoing neighborhood dispute. All students involved have been recommended for expulsion and multiple arrests were made. Our staff will not tolerate any violence on our campus. Any student found to be in possession of a weapon will be arrested and recommended for expulsion. The safety of our students is my top priority. The incident was handled swiftly by law enforcement and school administration. The student day has continued as normal. Please know that the incident today is not characteristic of the typical Godby student. This was an isolated incident and in no way reflects all the wonderful and positive things that happen on our campus every day. Please feel free to contact me with any concerns.

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