Teen charged with carrying rifle near school to stay in jail

Police: 17-year-old seen with mask, rifle near Kirby Middle School

By Ashley Spicer - Reporter, anchor, Roxy Tyler - Web producer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Traytavious Martin, a 17-year-old accused of walking near Kirby Middle School with a rifle on Thursday afternoon, will remain in jail, a juvenile judge ruled Monday.

Jacksonville police swarmed the area Thursday afternoon after a man called 911 saying he saw a man dressed all in black, wearing a black ski mask and  carrying a rifle walking toward the football field by the school.

Officers tracked down video that led police to a nearby home, where Martin surrendered. The 17-year-old is charged with carrying a firearm on school property and possession of a firearm by a minor.

Each juvenile in the criminal court system is assessed a threat level, and any child with a score over 12, he or she is not qualified for release. Judge Suzanne Bass said Martin scored a 13. 

An attorney not affiliated with the case said details of the alleged crime and the fact that Martin is wearing a mask likely boosted his score.

Martin's parents were both in the courtroom for the hearing. On Friday, his mother told a different judge that Martin was not on school grounds. On Monday, Bass was told the boy has a job at a fast-food restaurant and has no criminal history.

Attorney Rhonda Waters, who is not affiliated with the Martin case, said the teen could be charged as an adult.

"If charged as an adult, you could face up to five years in prison. They will probably look at what his conditions are for release or being detained and then try to maybe get probation, counseling, things like that in place," said Waters. "The state attorney's office will look at a variety of things in his history to make this type of decision."

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