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Teen Brought Loaded Gun to School, Police Say

A Boca Ciega High School student who snuck a gun into school was caught when another teen alerted police.

A 17-year-old student was arrested by Gulfport Police on the charge of possession of a firearm on school property, after another student informed the school's SRO's about potential danger.

Officers are not identifying the 11th grade student at Boca Ciega High School.

According to police, a female student received a series of odd text messages from the male student. They were texting back and forth about meeting. Due to the nature of the texts, school resource officers were alerted to the possibility that the student could pose harm to others at the school. Some of the texts infored the girl of a lockdown.  

The Gulfport school resource officers went to the student's classroom and escorted the student back to the SRO office.

Police say that they located and removed a loaded .380 semi-automatic pistol from his backpack.

The student claims to have gotten the firearm from a locked safe at his home, where in the past he had observed his mother punch in the code without her knowledge, police said. He used that code to gain access to the firearm and took it to school.

The student told officers that he planned to turn the gun on himself after school and wasn't going to harm anyone but himself.

Phil September 05, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Time for metal detectors at the school. Smart thinking on the girls part, she may of saved many lives. Now for the parents, they should be held responsible and have the gun removed from the home. Lucky for them no one was killed. The boy needs help and should not be allowed back in school until after treatment for depression that may take years. His school life is over for now. One question is anyone other than the kid going to be arrested?
Cherlene Willis September 05, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Phil, I just spoke with Gulfport Police Chief Robert Vincent who said that the male student is the only person arrested in regards to this incident. - Cherlene
Hairball Spencer September 05, 2012 at 11:16 PM
thank god the girl had the common sense to alert resource officers about it , a lot of young people today would not have done that due to being retaliated on possibly , she should be given an award in my opinion , as phil posted , she may have saved many a life doing this , as far as the parents in my opinion , no i do not agree that they are responsible , they had the gun properly put in a safe and locked , he admits to actually sneaking in and watching his mother punch in the code , that is something that was beyond their control , hopefully the boy does get the help he needs to get back on track , too many young people wasting their lives on stupidity stuff which results in a life screwed up , kudo's to the resource officers and gulfport police also for getting right to it and no one got hurt
Danie Huizenga September 06, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Its a shame, but l must agree with Phil........we not only need a metal detector now, l know this is another subject, but l firmly believe that if the kids were TOLD by parents and SCHOOL TEACHERS to come to school dressed like respectable young men and women - they might act better and not be so unhappy that they want to kill themselves. l am going to write to the new School Superintendent about this same subject.
t September 06, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Diane please ok you don't know what the problem is with this young man. Let's put dress code aside and thank GOD nothing happend, my daughter attends Boca and i'm happy this young lady decided to tell someone. There is more to the story other than DRESS CODE.
tina russell September 06, 2012 at 12:45 PM
the dress code not the problem it start at home parenting 101 if more parents cared wouldnt have half the problems!

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