A 17-year-old Lakeland High School student was taken into custody early Wednesday morning after a random search of her purse at the bus loop turned up a loaded handgun.
In a press release, Lakeland Police spokeswoman Robin Tillett said that it happened just before 7 a.m. when school was about to start. “Officers responded accordingly, in partnership with school staff, and safely took possession of the firearm,” Tillett wrote.
The student was taken into custody and charged with two felonies: having a gun on school grounds and carrying a hidden weapon without permission. She was taken to a place in Bartow called the Juvenile Assessment Center.
“At this point in the investigation, officers have not found that any threats were made or that other students were aware of the handgun,” Tillett said.
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Polk County Public Schools sent the following message to parents of Lakeland High School students.
This message is being sent on behalf of Lakeland High School. All students and staff are safe. This morning we conducted a random search at school, and found a student in possession of a firearm.
No one was threatened with the weapon; the student has been taken into custody and is facing serious legal consequences. As always, we thank our law enforcement partners for helping us conduct these searches and keeping our campus safe.
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