VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Two teenagers were arrested after bringing a loaded gun to Deltona High School Thursday, according to Volusia County authorities.
It was the second time in a week that a loaded gun turned up at a Central Florida school.
The first gun incident happened at Lee Middle School in Orlando.
In Thursday’s incident, authorities said it was an alert employee who discovered the gun.
A campus adviser noticed Erick Graham, 16, and Curtis Peterson, 17 acting strangely.
Investigators said the school's adviser thought Graham’s and Peterson’s behavior was due to a drug deal.
However, when Graham was taken to the office, a search of his backpack revealed a loaded .25 caliber gun in a sock.
“Terrified, absolutely terrified, because my daughter did say that they had the ammunition and the gun,” said parent Diana Davis. “If a kid takes it out and is just experimenting, looking at it, it can go wrong very quickly.”
Peterson eventually told investigators the gun was his. He said he bought it in Sanford because he needed it for protection in his neighborhood.
But fellow classmates said that is not a good reason.
“There are shootings everywhere now and it's ridiculous how it could start happening here,” said student Emmilio Woods. “Even if you have problems, it's no reason to put other people's lives in danger.”
A district representative said it is unknown whether the school resource officer was on campus at the time.
The district has had to cut the number of school resource officers in half from 28 to 14 because of budget cuts in the last five years, officials said.
The two teens were placed in a juvenile detention facility.