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Student brings gun to Duval County middle school, officials say

Student arrested after tip leads to discovery of unloaded weapon

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 13-year-old student was arrested Friday after bringing an unloaded handgun to J.E.B. Stuart Middle School, authorities said.

Acting on a tip, school administrators and police confronted the student in class about 2:40 p.m. and found he had a Smith & Wesson handgun on him, according to a police incident report.

A school police officer confiscated the weapon and, following an interview, placed the student under arrest, the report stated.

The student, who is charged with possession of a weapon on school property, a third-degree felony, faces possible expulsion in addition to prosecution.

No students or staff were threatened or harmed during the incident, school principal Sadie Milliner-Smith said. She issued the following statement:

As a school community, we strive to maintain a safe and secure learning environment and build trustworthy relationships between our students and staff. Please talk with your children about the serious consequences of bringing a firearm or weapon on campus. Encourage positive conflict resolution strategies and emphasize the importance of notifying a trusted adult whenever your child feels threatened.

Milliner-Smith said anyone with questions can contact her at 904-573-1000.