Gun found at SW Florida school, 2 boys arrested

Boys, 12 and 13, charged with possession of a firearm

NORTH PORT, Fla. - Police arrested two middle school students after a gun was found on campus.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports officials were tipped off about the 9 mm handgun when a student told a teacher Tuesday afternoon at Imagine School.
    
North Port Police Capt. Anthony Sirianni says officials on the school's upper campus -- for grades 6 through 10 -- confiscated the gun about 3:30 p.m. in 13-year-old's backpack. Sirianni says a 12-year-old had given the gun to the boy.
    
The boys were arrested and taken to a juvenile justice facility in Sarasota. They are charged with possession of a firearm on school property.
    
Principal Justin Matthews says the penalty for bringing a gun to school is a 10-day suspension and a recommendation for a one-year-expulsion. 

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