The first quarter of the school year is not yet in the books and there have already been three arrests related to firearms on Leon County school property.
The latest incident happened at Leon High School when the school’s resource deputy arrested a 17-year-old student last week for having a loaded gun.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) stated the student admitted to having the Glock 22 in his backpack while being question about another incident.
The student was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center and charged with Possession of a Firearm on School Property.
The Leon High School incident comes after the arrest of a Godby High School student for possessing a loaded 9mm handgun.
On September 9, the Godby student’s backpack was searched after the smell of marijuana raised suspicion. The search yielded a loaded 9mm handgun and a plastic bag containing approximately 12 grams of marijuana.
And on August 27, a Leon County school resource deputy searched a 14-year-old attending a Friday night football game between Lincoln and Godby at Gene Cox Stadium. The search located a loaded gun in his jacket.
How often are firearms found on Leon County school property?
A review of the School Environmental Safety Incident Reporting (SESIR) System maintained by the Florida Department of Education reveals that Leon County Schools reported a firearm related incident once during each of the last two years, 2019-20 and 2020-21.
The reporting system collects data on 26 incidents of crime, violence, and disruptive behaviors that occur on school grounds, on school transportation, and at off-campus, school-sponsored events, during any 24-hour period, 365 days per year. Incidents are reported by schools to the districts which, in turn, provide the data to the DOE.