Tampa middle school student arrested for bringing a loaded gun to school

On Friday, Tampa Police arrested a 11-year-old student at Monroe Middle School in South Tampa for having a loaded handgun on school property.

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According to the Tampa Police Department (TPD), another student told school administrators that the had a gun in his backpack.

The Tampa Police Department School Resource Officer was informed and immediately removed the student from class. A loaded handgun was found in his backpack.

There was no threat made to any individual or the school. The student was charged with Minor in Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and Possession of a Firearm on School Property. He was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

“I am proud of the student who stepped up and said something to keep others safe”, said Chief Brian Dugan. “We need everyone in our community to learn from the actions of this brave student. I ask anyone who has information on someone who should not have a gun to tell us, tell Crimestoppers, or tell anyone who will let us know”.

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