JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The father of three brothers who were arrested for bringing a gun to Sal Tech High Charter School is speaking out about his disappointment and what's next for his sons.
Two of the brothers, 18-year-olds Anthony and Ashawn Roundtree, were being held at the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, while their 17-year-old brother Tresean Pittman is at the juvenile detention center. Their father says he hasn't visited them yet because he wants them to think about what they've done. When he speaks to them on the phone, he says he tells them to pray.
"The first thing I thought, really, was 'wow, what have they got into now?' I'm disappointed, man," said Adam, who only wants to be known by his first name.
He said he missed 11 and a half years of their lives because he was in prison. Now, he said he turned his life around, and says he’s done everything he can to help keep his kids on the right track.
"It goes in one ear and out the other sometimes," he said. "At the end of the day, they're going to make their own decisions."
The brothers were arrested Tuesday at Sal Tech Charter High School after a gun was found in a book bag each of them had been in possession of. There were two ski masks in the backpack, and Anthony had marijuana in his possession. Their father tells News4Jax that he doesn’t know where the gun came from or why they would take it to school.
"They're growing teenagers so they're constantly on the go but I sit down and talk to them every day pretty much," he said. "They go to church every Sunday. We tried to instill good values in them."
As for what the future holds, all three were scheduled to graduate this year. Their father is hopeful that will still happen. He says his sons are teenagers with a love for Facebook, video games and music and he hopes this is a wakeup call.
"I just hope that this is a lesson learned and they get a hold of their futures," he said. "The things I was telling them about, I hope this grabs their attention and they say 'OK, we need to pay more close attention to him and tear them away from that foolishness.'"