Tarpon Springs, Florida -- An 11th grader at Tarpon Springs High School was arrested for having a loaded gun on campus Monday morning.

Tarpon Springs Police say the school resource officer had received an anonymous tip a student may have a firearm on campus. The officer found the student, identified as 16-year-old Dre'Tonio Greer, in his classroom and brought him to his office.

Greer admitted to having a gun on him and a black .32-caliber Beretta was found in the right pocket of shorts he was wearing under his jeans with three bullets in the magazine inside the gun.

Greer told police he had it for protection due to ongoing problems he was having outside of school with a few other students from school.

He said he found the gun in the bushes a few days ago on Meres Boulevard.The serial number on the gun had been removed, but the student said he didn't know anything about that.

Police say no threats were made at any time on campus and school activity went on as usual.

The student was charged with possessing a firearm on school grounds and carrying a concealed firearm.

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