Bartow, Florida-- The school resource officer at Bartow Middle had to act fast Wednesday morning after a teacher alerted him of a woman with a gun on campus.

According to the Bartow Police Department, it was just before 9 a.m. when Resource Officer Griffith received the information, and headed to school's Guidance office to find 42-year-old Lisa Palmes in a meeting with the gun in her waistband.

Griffith immediately grabbed it from her and escorted her to his office, where reports say she tried to defend herself by showing a state-issued concealed weapons permit.

Officer Griffith cuffed her anyway, as those permits do not allow for carrying a firearm on school campuses.

A search of Palmes' purse revealed that she also had a stun-gun, a plastic bag with methamphetamine, a straw and a pill that she could not provide a prescription for.

Palmes received various felony and misdemeanor charges for possessing the weapons and the drugs.

Officials have not said Palmes' purpose for being at the school.

10 News will continue with updates as they become available.

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