UPDATE (12-07-18): FCSO has provided a photo of the actual .45 caliber gun (above) taken from the suspect and added that the teenager involved will face at least one felony charge.
As of now, that 8th grader – whom WNDB is not naming at this time – is charged with exhibiting a weapon on school property, grand theft of a firearm and interfering with a school function.
Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly says the teen will be booked into the Flagler County Jail before he’s turned over to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
“We do not know what this student’s intentions were at this time,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “This student has been in trouble with the law previously. He was arrested in November 2017 for a felony charge of robbery by snatching and sent to teen court.”
It is time that this kid is dealt with serious penalties by the court system and the Department of Juvenile Justice before someone gets seriously hurt or killed. His crimes are escalating and he is on track to grow up and be an adult offender and… https://t.co/0KOknVJy67
— Sheriff Rick Staly (@SheriffRicStaly) December 7, 2018
Detectives say the gun was stolen last April from an unlocked vehicle in the P-section of Palm Coast, which is where the teen lives.
FCSO also provided more details of the November 2017 incident at Pine Lakes Apartments, saying that witnesses reported the teen following a girl around and then placing her in a chokehold while trying to take her backpack. All charges in that case were relieved after the suspect went to teen court.
Earlier reporting below.
Palm Coast, FL – A student is taken out of school in handcuffs after deputies with Flagler County Sheriff’s Office find a gun in his backpack.
According to the report, a teacher at Buddy Taylor Middle School received information that a student may have a loaded firearm in his backpack.
After receiving the tip, the teacher notified the school resource deputy, who detained the 14-year-old male.
After a quick search of his possessions, the deputy found a loaded handgun in his backpack. While there was no magazine, there was a live round loaded in the chamber.
Sheriff Rick Staly, members of the FCSO Investigations Services Division and FCSO’s Domestic Homeland Security Section also responded to the scene.
“Our number one concern is the safety of our students and thankfully we were able to thwart any plans this juvenile may have had before someone was injured during today’s incident,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “This student now faces multiple felonies for his actions. Make no mistake, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office takes a zero tolerance approach to weapons and threats on school campuses.”
“I want to point out the ‘see something, say something’ campaign works,” added Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager. “I commend the quick actions of our School Resource Deputies to bringing a quick resolution to this incident.”
We’ll update this story as more information becomes available.