Treasure Coast High School student arrested with loaded gun on campus

PORT ST. LUCIE — A 15-year-old student from Treasure Coast High School was arrested Friday after police said he had a loaded and stolen handgun on campus, Port St. Lucie police say.

The .22 caliber handgun, which was reported stolen in October 2020 in Indian River County, was found in a backpack, police said. The teenager is a 10th grader at school.

The discovery was made after a school resource officer around 9 a.m. saw the teenager and two other students walking around campus when school was already in progress.

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The school resource officer notified school administration officials, who spoke to the students and reported smelling marijuana. School officials searched their backpacks and found the stolen firearm.

sergeant. John Dellacroce, a police spokesman, said the 15-year-old “didn’t want to answer any of our questions”.

Dellacroce said the other two students were friends of the 15-year-old and have not been charged.

The 15-year-old, a Port St. Lucie resident, was arrested for felony possession of a firearm on school property, carrying a concealed firearm and grand larceny of a weapon on fire, according to the police.

He was taken to the St. Lucia Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Dellacroce said.

The TCPalm and Treasure Coast newspapers generally do not name minors accused of crimes. It names certain minors based on the seriousness of the crime, their age, aggravating circumstances and other factors.

Will Greenlee is a breaking news reporter for TCPalm. Follow Will on Twitter @OffTheBeatTweet or contact him by phone at 772-692-8936. Email him at [email protected]

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