A Plant High School student has been arrested after he was allegedly found in his car with weapons while the school was on lockdown Wednesday morning.
Tampa Police charged the 18-year-old student with two counts of possession of a firearm on school property.
According to a report, the school, initiated a “modified” lockdown due to a phone call communicating a vague threat. During a search of the school’s perimeter by officers and school security, the teen was allegedly found in his car with weapons.
A Hillsborough Schools spokesperson said the teen is an avid hunter, and the alleged weapons were unrelated to the earlier phone threat to the school.
The lockdown lasted a little more than an hour. The school was not evacuated.
With school violence such a hot button issue and deadly shootings occurring even in elementary schools, school districts and Florida law have cracked down on individuals, including juveniles, who bring weapons onto school property.
Weapons prohibited from being brought on school property include:
- 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 enlist the help of an experienced Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton very quickly. As with all criminal charges, you should not talk to the police or prosecutors without your attorney present. Anything you say can be taken out of context and used against you. If the police question you, politely request your lawyer and refrain from answering their questions.
For a free consultation, please call us today at 813-221-3200 or contact us online. We can help your son, daughter, niece, nephew, or grandchild fight the charges against them and work towards achieving a favorable outcome.