On Monday February 6th, a Fairview Middle School student was arrested for possession of a loaded Smith and Wesson 9mm firearm in his bookbag on school property. A student notified Leon County Sheriff’s Office Resource Deputy of an incident with a student having a firearm. The Sheriff’s Office reported that the student admitted taking the gun from a family member’s home; however, no weapon was reported stolen. The 14-year-old male student has been transported to the Leon County Juvenile Assessment Center and charged with one count of possession of a firearm on campus.
According to media reports, an email was sent out to parents from Principal Rusty Edwards stating, “Safety is very much a high priority here at Fairview, and we are grateful that our students came forward to report their peer, taking to heart the motto ‘See Something… Hear Something… Say Something.’”
It was also reported that the following day, Leon County Schools’ safety and security office conducted a surprise search at both Fairview and Leon High Schools. Handheld metal detectors and a weapon sniffing dog named Stassi were both used during the searches.
There have been at least 5 reported cases of weapons found on school grounds since the beginning of the school year, per the Tallahassee Democrat.
The Leon County Sheriff’s Office advises that the FortifyFL app is available to anonymously report suspicious, Leon County School related activity or tipsters and call 850-922-KIDS. Tipsters can remain anonymous and receive a $1000 reward by calling 850-574-TIPS.