Vanguard student arrested after bringing loaded gun on campus
OCALA. Fla.--- A Vanguard High School student was arrested for bringing a loaded gun to school on Tuesday.
Some concerned parents say they're happy the school's resource officer acted quickly.
Scott Kalb said,” It’s going to really be, how’s that kids coming to school with the gun and what were his true intentions.”
Scott Kalb along with fifteen hundred other parents got an automated phone call from Vanguard, saying that a student came to campus with a loaded gun on Tuesday.
Scott Kalb said, "You know it has a lot of concern behind the kid’s reasoning because do you really want to have your child go here after that, but like I said it can happen anywhere at any time."
Linda Metts said, "That is a frightening thought to me because when I drop my granddaughter off here in the morning I expect for her to be safe. I have no control over what goes on during the day until she comes back to me."
Police say the school's resource officer Ronnie Williams, was tipped off by a student that two other students were arguing on school property.
One was overheard telling the other that he had a gun in his book bag and then the student banged it against a medal pole.
Williams and school officials went searching for the student with the book bag and once they found him, they looked inside the bag and found a loaded 22 revolver in a cocked position.
Kevin Christian with Marion County Public Schools said, “We don't tolerate weapons on campus period. It doesn't matter if it's loaded or not. A weapon is never appropriate on campus. We will take that situation and deal with it severely. That student or any student caught with a weapon on campus typically goes through the process of suspension, expulsion and could be expelled entirely for school."
The 17-year-old senior is charged with felony possession of a firearm on school property, improper exhibition of a firearm, and felony possession of a firearm by a minor.
After the resource officer arrested the student, he was taken to the Marion County Jail Juvenile Division.
Kevin Christian said, “It’s absolutely essential that we have school resource officers and this case proves it."
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