Brian yesterday cited research that shows there are now an average of 72 incidents per day at schools across the country. Yesterday, there were two here in Palm Beach County alone, including one that was serious, and action was taken.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 17-year old student who posted videos and pictures of himself on social media, holding a gun in a school parking lot and threatening to shoot up Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens. Someone “saw something ,” and “said something” (called Crime Stoppers). PBSO investigated and found the student, searched his home, seized the gun and made an arrest. The teen confessed to making the threats, claiming he was only kidding. He said the gun was stolen and we’re following up to find out from where it had originated.
In the other school-related incident, a loaded gun fell out of the backpack of a 6-year old Kindergarten student at Somerset Academy Lakes, a charter school in suburban West Palm Beach. The principal said the child apparently did not intend to bring the weapon to school and wasn’t aware that it was in the backpack. Once the gun was found, the classroom was secured, students were removed and nobody was ever in danger.
Here’s more information on both stories:
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (CBS12) — A 17-year-old is facing criminal charges for making a gun threat against Dwyer High School, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators received a tip about a student posting videos and photos of himself with a gun on social media, some snapped in a school parking lot. The teen threatened to do a shooting at Dwyer.
The sheriff's office searched the teen's home and recovered a firearm from the photos and videos.
(CBS 12) — School safety is once again under the microscope after a six-year-old at a local charter school brought a gun on school grounds.
One parent told CBS12 her five-year-old daughter was sitting next to the child who brought the gun to school.
“Considering my kids said they do not want to come back and they do not feel safe that was enough for me to just take them out completely,” said Lisa Marie.
Marie can’t wrap her mind around what just happened in her daughter’s classroom.