Rickards High School student arrested with loaded gun, LCSO says

A 17-year-old student was arrested Friday afternoon after administrators found him with a loaded gun on the campus of Rickards High School.

“School administrators arrested the male student, who was not in class during school hours,” according to an incident report from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. “The (assistant school resource) was notified after the loaded Glock was found during a search of his satchel.”

The student, who was not named by the sheriff’s office, was immediately detained and transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center. He was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on campus and grand theft of a firearm.

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LCSO spokeswoman Angela Green said she had no information about why the student brought the gun to school.

This is at least the 11th incident of a student bringing some kind of weapon onto campus during the 2021-2022 school year. Many of those arrested had loaded handguns.

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The LCSO encourages families to discuss with their children the consequences of bringing a gun to school and whether they “see something, say something”.

The FortifyFL app is available to anonymously report suspicious activity related to Leon County School or call 850-922-KIDS. Additionally, as part of its Cease Fire initiative, the LCSO, in conjunction with Big Bend Crime Stoppers, will offer a monetary reward leading to the arrest of an individual who is illegally in possession of a firearm.

Tipsters can remain anonymous and receive a $1,000 reward, call 850-574-TIPS. Learn more by visiting our website www.leoncountyso.com.

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