Student brings gun to Terry Parker High School, officials say

Student arrested after he was caught by School Board Police, school says

By Destiny McKeiver - Multi-media journalist

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A student was arrested with a gun Friday at Terry Parker High School in Arlington, Duval County school officials said. 

It's not known if the gun was loaded.

A letter was sent home with students to tell their parents about the arrest.

The letter said an administrator became suspicious that the student had a gun and the student was confronted by School Board Police.

READ: Letter sent to Terry Parker High parents

The gun was confiscated and the student was arrested.

"Thankfully, no students nor staff members were harmed during this incident," the letter said.

This is the 12th incident and 15th arrest this school year involving weapons at Duval County schools. Of those incidents, 10 involved firearms, one was a starter pistol and one was a Taser.

A gun was also brought to Terry Parker High on Sept. 26.

The school has been on lockdown several times recently for threats and nearby violence, and one parent of a freshman said he isn't happy with how the school is keeping him informed.

"Just like two weeks ago when there was a bomb threat and two weeks ago when there were two people shot across the street from a school and last week when there was the mass fighting, they're not getting a hold of us to let us know about our child's safety," Irish Griffin said.

A school district spokesperson said parents should know that there are two types of notifications of school incidents. A letter going home after a gun arrest is a general notification that no students were in danger. An emergency notification goes out via emails or robocalls when there is a threat made against a school. 

The letter sent home with Terry Parker students Friday said parents need to be sure to speak with their students about school safety and that parents should monitor their children's belongings. Students could face criminal charges for bringing weapons to school.

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