Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stolen Gun at Middle School; a Threat at Elementary; 12-Year-Old Threatened a Teacher, Principal and the Class with Scissors

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stolen Gun at Middle School; a Threat at Elementary; 12-Year-Old Threatened a Teacher, Principal and the Class with Scissors

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Byline: Denise Smith Amos

Arrest reports by Duval school police revealed details about how a 13-year-old boy hid a stolen gun at J.E.B. Stuart Middle School Nov. 6, and how the day before, a 12-year-boy threatened a teacher and her class with a pair of scissors at Normandy Village Elementary.

At J.E.B. Stuart, an anonymous tip led school officials to question and search several students for a weapon Nov. 5, but nothing was found. The next day, an accused student who had been absent the day before was searched by school police.

As he emptied his bookbag, he dropped it on the floor. The school resource officer heard a thump, searched the bag and found a pink purse inside containing a black .380 semi-automatic pistol.

There were no bullets in the gun, but police found a magazine with one live round in it in the boy's pants waistband. The gun, police said, had been stolen in a home burglary in St. Johns County in 2012.

The student was placed in pre-trial detention on charges of possessing a firearm on school property, a third-degree felony. …

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