Teen arrested 2 weeks ago at middle school named
Anonymous tip leads to gun in 13-year-old's book bag; No one injured
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Details of the arrest of a 13-year-old student arrested Nov. 6 after a gun was found at J.E.B. Stuart Middle School were made available Wednesday by Duval County schools.
No one was hurt in the incident, which News4Jax reported on after a letter from the principal was sent home to parents that day.
The arrest reports shows Deshay Harper was questioned after school officials got a tip from an anonymous phone call. When they took him as aside in the cafeteria, he started pulling stuff from his book bag, then threw it on the floor, where it made a "loud or heavy noise." A search of the bag turned up a small, pink purse with a .380 semi-automatic pistol inside.
While no ammunition was found in the gun, officers said one round was in the magazine found stuffed in Harper's pants.
Harper was taken into custody and booked into the Duval County jail on a charge of possession of a firearm on school property. In addition to the felony charge, he will also face school disciplinary action.
Police said a check of the gun's serial number showed it was stolen during a burglary of a St. Johns County home in February 2012.
"We are very pleased with the responsiveness and cooperation of our students, staff and security teams," Principal Sadie Milliner-Smith wrote in her letter to parents.
There have been 10 arrests for gun-in-school incidents in Duval County so far this school year. A loaded gun was found Tuesday at Andrew Jackson High School. No details were provided about that incident.
News4Jax has tracked every gun-in-school incident over the last since October 2012. Click to see details of those incidents.
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