• Teen arrested after loaded gun found in backpack at Seminole County school, deputies say

    By: Sarah Wilson , Christopher Boyce


    SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - A 14-year-old Seminole County student was arrested Thursday morning after deputies said they found a loaded handgun in his backpack on campus, according to an arrest report.

    Deputies said they arrested Curtis Leonard after a Lake Mary High School administrator said he noticed the handgun in the teen’s bag when Leonard unzipped a pocket of his bag to retrieve a note.

    According to the arrest report, the administrator said he immediately took possession of the backpack and contacted a Seminole County deputy who confiscated the weapon.

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    Leonard is facing a charge of possession of a firearm on school property.

    The school sent out an email to parents saying that a disassembled firearm was found in a student’s backpack, but that no threat was made against the school.

    The email said, "the situation was resolved safely in minutes" after being investigated by law enforcement.

    School officials said the student will be disciplined per the student code of conduct.

    This is the second incident where a student managed to get a gun onto the campus of the high school within the last year. 

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