A Mandarin High School student and an 18-year-old Northside charter school student were allegedly caught Friday with guns on their respective campuses, according to police.
The 18-year-old was arrested Friday with a loaded gun in his book bag at Biscayne High Charter School on the Northside, police said. The gun had 14 rounds in it, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office arrest report.
He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 30.
Across town, a 17-year-old apparently had a loaded .380 handgun at Mandarin High and was also charged with possession of marijuana, according to reports.
There were five rounds in the gun.
No students or staff were hurt.
There have been three gun-in-school arrests in Duval County this school year. During the 2016-17 school year, there were 17 arrests in incidents that resulted in 11 guns, a Taser and a starter pistol being confiscated.
Gun violence is certainly an ongoing issue, and something high schools, middle schools and even elementary schools have to deal with on a regular basis. Because of this, Florida laws have cracked down on individuals, including juveniles, who bring weapons onto school property.
Below are a list of weapons that are banned from being brought on school property:
- Cutting tools
- Nunchuck sticks
- Any other tool, instrument or implement that can inflict serious bodily injury
If your child has been charged with possessing a firearm on school property, you will need to get legal help as soon as possible. Our Duval County Juvenile Crimes Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can make sure your child is protected. For a free consultation, please call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online. We can help your child fight the criminal charges against them and work towards achieving a favorable outcome.