CAPE CORAL, Fla. — An eighth-grader at Caloosa Middle School has been arrested for bringing a loaded handgun on campus.
Caloosa Elementary School and Middle School went into a lockdown around noon when the gun was found in the 14-year-old student's backpack after he was suspected of having a vape pen at school.
School Resource Officers responded and detained the student.
According to school administrators, at no time was anyone’s life in danger during this encounter. The school provided the following notification to parents:
Good afternoon Cougar families,
I am sending this message not to alarm you, but to inform you. One of our students was arrested this afternoon for having a gun on campus.
At no time were any students threatened, or the gun displayed, but simply having the weapon is a violation of law, and the student code of conduct.
The school was on lockdown for a short time so law enforcement and school administrators could investigate.
We want to thank the student whose tip of an inappropriate item on campus led to the discovery.
As parents, please take this opportunity to speak to your child about school safety and the importance of reporting information that may compromise their safety and the safety of others.
Working together, we can maintain an environment where students are free to focus on learning.
The student is facing charges of Possessing a Firearm on School Property and Possession of a Concealed Weapon.