Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Not just a lockdown, but a felony arrest of a 12 year old

This kid in Gainsville, Florida showed a gun to two kids he thought were his friend. They weren't his friend. His life is now destroyed. He'll not make that mistake again.
Hawthorne Middle/High School was placed on lockdown for just under an hour Monday morning after a former student brought a handgun on campus, according to Sgt. Keith Faulk with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

Faulk said a 12-year-old boy rode his bicycle to the Hawthorne Middle/High School campus Monday morning with a .38-caliber revolver in his backpack.

The boy had previously attended the Hawthorne school, but was transferred to the Horizon Center due to disciplinary issues, Faulk said.

Faulk said the boy showed the revolver to two students. The two students then told administrators what they had seen, which prompted the lockdown.

Principal Susan Arnold said the incident started between 11:15 and 11:30 a.m., and the school was on lockdown until about 12:15 p.m.

"We had to make sure the gun was not on campus and then the deputies helped us look where the two students thought he'd put it," Arnold said, noting the two students who saw the gun thought the boy had hidden it in some bushes.

Faulk said deputies quickly determined that neither the boy nor the weapon were still on campus, and the lockdown was lifted.

Deputies then located the boy's residence, where his grandfather told deputies he did own a few weapons. Deputies were able to positively identify one of the grandfather's weapons as the revolver brought to the campus, and the boy was arrested.

Deputies filed charges including armed trespassing on a school grounds, which is a felony, and carrying a concealed weapon against the 12-year-old, Faulk said.
He didn't harm anyone, he didn't threaten anyone, he posed no threat to anyone. Twelve. Felony charges.

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