Student arrested for bringing gun to South Fort Myers High School

Posted at 7:32 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-11 07:10:24-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A 16-year-old student at South Fort Myers High School was arrested, Monday, after administrators discovered he brought a firearm to school.

According to a Lee County Sheriff's Office arrest report, a teacher noticed the student smelled like marijuana. He was sent to administration, where school officials searched him. They found a 9 MM handgun, along with a magazine with 5 bullets in the teen's Chromebook case.

Administrators called school resource officers, who arrested the teen. Once in custody, deputies also found marijuana on the student. They also discovered the serial number on the gun was erased. 

The student is now facing multiple charges, including bringing a firearm to school. South Fort Myers High School sent the following message to parents, Monday:


"Hello Wolfpack Family,

This is Ed Mathews, Principal of South Fort Myers High School.

In order to provide open communication and ensure the safety of our students, I want to share with you that a student was arrested today for bringing a weapon to school. An astute teacher notified administration and we immediately called in law enforcement to investigate. At no time was the weapon displayed, nor were any students in danger. Providing a safe and secure learning environment is a top priority of SFMHS and we take these incidents very seriously. The student will be disciplined per the student code of conduct. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 561-0060.

Thank you."