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167 firearm incidents reported to FDE in 2015-16 school year


ON CLICKORLANDO.COM. LOOK UNDER TOP STORIES.>>>TONIGHT, NEWS 6 INVESTIGATES GUN SCARES AT SCHOOLS. JUST LAST WEEK, SKY SIX CAPTURE THE PANIC AFTER SOMEONE SENT TEXT MESSAGES THREATENING TO SHOOT AUDIOTAPE THE SCHOOL. DEPUTIES NEVER LOCATED ANY EPIWITHS AND NO ARRESTS MADE. BUT IN RECENT MONTHS, GUNS HAVE BEEN FOUND ON CAMPUSES ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA.>>>MIKE DEFOREST HAS BEEN DIGGING INTO THIS TROUBLED PROBLEM. HE JOINS US LIVE FROM COLLEGE PARK, WITH THIS STORY ALL NEW AT 11:00, MIKE?>>Reporter: SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO TELL PARENTS WHEN A GUN IS FOUND ON CAMPUS, BUT MANY DO. THEY ARE REQUIRED TO NOTIFY LAW ENFORCEMENT. I’VE BEEN COMPILING THESE POLICE REPORTS. THEY’RE CONCERNING TO PARENTS, STUDENTS, AND ADMINISTRATORS.>>Reporter: IT WAS SHORTLY AFTER THE LUNCH BELL RANG WHEN OSCEOLA HIGH SCHOOL’S VICE PRINCIPLE MADE A TROUBLING DISCOVERY. 16-YEAR-OLD WAS CARRYING AN UNLOADED HANDGUN HE HAD STOLEN FROM HIS AUNT, TO THREATEN A CLASSMATE. WEEKS LATER, ANOTHER STUDENT TOLD POLICE HE TRADED HIS X BOX FOR A GUN AND BROUGHT IT TO SCHOOL BECAUSE HE WAS RECEIVING THREATS ON KICK A SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM. THIS AUTOMATED PHONE ALERT WAS SENT BY ORANGE COUNTY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND FOR A SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD IN EDGEWATER HIGH WAS CAUGHT WITH AN UNLOADED HANDGUN SIMILAR TO THIS.>>AT NO TIME WAS THE WEAPON USED IN A THREATENING MANNER.>>Reporter: THIS IS THE ACTUAL GUN LAKE COUNTY DEPUTIES SEIZED FROM A HIGH SCHOOL. THEY ARRESTED TWO STUDENTS PLAYING WITH IT IN A RESTROOM. THE MOST RECENT STATISTICS FROM THE 2013-2016 SCHOOL YEAR, REVEAL 167 FIREARM INCIDENTS WERE REPORTED AT PUBLIC SCHOOLS STATEWIDE. ABOUT A DOZEN OCCURRED HERE IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. THAT YEAR, A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT POST ED THIS VIDEO ON TWITTER, SHOWING DEPUTIES ARRESTING ONE OF HIS CLASSMATES. AUTHORITIES SAY THE 17-YEAR-OLD HAD A SEMIAUTOMATIC HANDGUN WITH ONE ROUND CHAMBER AND TWO IN THE MAGAZINE. WHEN ASKED WHY, THE TEEN SAID HE WAS FASCINATED BY THE SIGHT OF THE WEAPON, WHICH HE CLAIMS HE PURCHASED FROM A UNKNOWN STUDENT. FLORIDA LAW REQUIRES SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO EXPEL BEGUN TOTING STUDENTS FOR AT LEAST A YEAR. SINCE JUVENILE COURT RECORDS ARE CONFIDENTIAL, IT COULD BE DIFFICULT TO FIND OUT WHAT OTHER PUNISHMENTS THEY FACE. WE LEARNED THE STUDENT THAT IS BROUGHT BEGUNS, WERE PUT ON PROBATION, WITH 6:00 P.M., TO 6:00 A.M. CURFEW. THEIR DRIVER’S LICENSE REVOKED FOR SIX MONTHS AND ORDERED TO ATTEND A LIFE SKILLS CLASS. NOT ALL KIDS WITH GUNS GET ARRESTED. A FIRST GRADER PULL ED A PISTOL SIMILAR THIS ONE OUT OF HIS BACKPACK. HE UNKNOWINGLY BROUGHT THE WEAPON TO SCHOOL. WHILE MOST OFFENDERS MANAGE ED TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE, OTHERS LIK LIKE SE MORE HAD OTHER RUN INS WITH THE LAW.>>Reporter: THEY OCCASIONALLY BRING METAL DESECTORS TO SCHOOL, NEARLY ALL THE OF THE REPORTS I REVIEWED, THE GUNS WERE DETECTED NOT BY TECHNOLOGY, BUT BY FELLOW STUDENTS. EITHER THEY SAW THE GUNS THEMSELVES OR HEARD ABOUT PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT IT IN THE HALLWAY

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