ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A 15-year-old boy was arrested Friday afternoon after bringing a stolen handgun to Maynard Evans High School, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said.
School resource officers said they received a tip at about 12:15 p.m. and they tried to apprehend Darius Fudge, but he ran away. They said he was arrested with the assistance of nearby patrol deputies.
Principal Rolando Bailey said in a recorded message to students, teachers and parents that students reported the weapon to school administrators and that it wasn't used in threatening manner.
The student will be disciplined according to the student code of conduct, Bailey said.
Fudge was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm on school grounds, possession of a firearm by a juvenile delinquent, violation of probation and resisting an officer without violence, Orange County Deputy Ingrid Tejada-Monforte said.
"I feel like they did the right thing, and that's one thing they don't talk about," said Aaliyah Champion, a senior. "Oh, it's Evans High School. They get into a lot of fights, and then you have kids that report it, but they don't talk about that. Not everybody's there with the same intentions. It's always that one kid."
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said in an emailed statement that he is pleased the incident didn't escalate into a tragedy.
"We continue to encourage and praise our students for reporting suspicious activities as together we make a difference," he said.
No one was injured.
No other details were given.
This is the recorded message parents received after a student was found with a gun at Evans HS today. In it, the principal thanks students for reporting the gun to staff. pic.twitter.com/vUeeZwazlt— Deanna Allbrittin (@deannaTVnews) September 21, 2018
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