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Students arrested after shotgun found at Marion County school

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. - Two high school students caught with guns on campus were plotting to rob two businesses, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Depuities said 14-year-old Alexander Aten and 16-year-old Donavin Saladania-Scott were arrested on Friday after a shotgun and ammunition were found at North Marion High School.

 Aten claimed he brought the gun to school because the pair planned to go shooting this weekend. But deputies said they actually planned to rob a convenience store, and a sporting goods store, and then carjack someone.

Officials said the shotgun was hidden in a sports bag with the ammo in a separate back pack.

"We've been told by the sheriff's office that there was never a threat against the school, there was never a threat against anybody at the school," said spokesman Kevin Christian.

"It's kind of shocking to know that somebody was here with a gun," said student Dalyn Jones.

"I mean, the kid had a gun at school," said student James Robert. "I was like, whoa!"

School officials said the students had no history of trouble. Administrators said the students will not be allowed to return to the school.

"There's not a student who doesn't realize bringing a gun -- loaded or unloaded --on campus is wrong and will get you in trouble every time," said Christian.

Deputies said the teens will be charged with possession of firearm on school property, possession of a weapon on school property, possession of a firearm by a minor and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.