Tallahassee, Florida (Tallahassee.com) -- A 15-year-old ninth-grade student at Leon High School was arrested Thursday morning with a gun.
County Sheriff's Office said the student was arrested after a second
student reported to a teacher seeing the gun. The school's on-campus
resource deputy and a faculty member "separated (the student) from other
students and confirmed that he was in possession of a firearm,"
according to a report from the sheriff's office.
The weapon was a .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun. The teen was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.
Leon High School principal Billy Epting sent an email to the school's
parents after the incident.
In the email, Epting stressed
the gun was unloaded and said the student was immediately taken into
custody. When teachers and other staff members return from the holiday
break, they will receive updated safety procedures, Epting said. The
school will also conduct new safety drills.
"The quick and
safe resolution of today's incident is a result of the tremendous
relationship between Leon students, Faculty and Law Enforcement," Epting
said in the email. "In lieu of last Friday's events in Connecticut, all
schools in the district are currently reviewing their safety procedures
including Leon High School."
Sheriff Larry Campbell said the strong working relationship between school faculty and resource deputies is key to safety.
crime was resolved without incident because a student observed
something he knew was wrong and then said something about it," said
Campbell in a statement.
This is the second incident involving a student and guns in the last week in Leon County.
Last Friday a student at Florida A&M University Developmental Research School was found with a firearm in his book bag. The student, who had been threatening suicide, was taken into custody by FAMU police.