JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 14-year-old girl is facing charges after police said she brought a 40-caliber semiautomatic handgun and ammunition to First Coast High School on Tuesday.
The teen, who News4JAX is not naming because of her age, is charged with possession of a firearm on school property.
According to the arrest report, she was called the principal’s office after school officials received a tip from another student that she had a gun.
A school police officer found the gun in the teen’s laptop bag. According to a message from Justin Fluent, the school’s principal, the weapon was loaded. The arrest report indicated the magazine of the gun was empty but that ammunition was also recovered.
“At this time, law enforcement is investigating, and a student has been taken into custody. Appropriate action including criminal charges and school discipline will take place,” Fluent said in his message to parents.
Fluent reminded parents of the importance of them monitoring their children’s possessions.
“Remind them of the importance of saying something if they see something, just like the students did today,” he said. “I appreciate their actions, and I appreciate your support as well.”