PALM COAST, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A 14-year-old student was detained on Friday at a school in Palm Coast, after a loaded handgun was found in the student’s backpack, deputies with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office say.
There was no magazine in the firearm, but there was one round in the chamber, according to a report by the Sheriff's Office.
“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.
The Sheriff's Office said the student, who is in the eighth grade at Buddy Taylor Middle School, was arrested last year on a robbery charge. The teenager, who we are not naming, is now charged with three felonies, including possession of a stolen handgun.
The sheriff credits the "See something, say something" program from stopping what could have turned into tragedy.