12-year-old boy arrested after bringing 3 guns to Florida school: deputies | #teacher | #children | #kids

A 12-year-old student was arrested Thursday after being caught with three handguns and ammunition inside a school in northeast Florida, authorities said.

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No shots were fired and no one was hurt, but the boy was taken into custody and charged with possession of a firearm on school property.

During a search of his desk, deputies also found a disturbing drawing of a gunman surrounded by dead bodies outside the school, the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office said in a report obtained by local news outlets.

The child’s mother later told officials that her son had recently killed a family dog by accident with a pellet gun, according to the report.

The woman said she had previously unlocked a safe where the weapons were stored but thought she had locked it again, WJAX-TV reported. It was not immediately clear if she would also face charges.

The incident happened Thursday morning at a private school in Callahan, about 20 miles north of Jacksonville.

Authorities said they were called to the school after a teacher noticed the student carrying two seemingly heavy lunchboxes and asked to see what was inside. The boy reluctantly allowed the teacher to open the containers and reportedly told her he had brought the weapons to show them to the principal.

While the child was being questioned by authorities, one of the deputies noticed he had a third gun on him and quickly secured it, according to the station.

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“It is disturbing and alarming that a student would bring any gun to school much less three of them,” Sheriff Bill Leeper told The Florida Times-Union.

“This case is still under investigation, however parents need to make sure any weapons that are in their home are locked away properly so children can’t access them,” he said. “It’s not only dangerous, but it is against the law.”

The student was not named because of his age.

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