Student arrested for bringing gun to school, police say

By Adrienne Cutway - Web Editor
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - An 18-year-old Mainland High School student was arrested Thursday for bringing a gun to school, the Daytona Beach Police Department said.

A student at the school told officials that 11th-grader Teryron Hills was bragging that he brought a gun to campus. Hills was taken to the dean's office, where administrators found a Smith & Wesson wrapped in a yellow collared shirt stuffed in the bottom of his backpack, the police department said.

Hills told administrators that he brought the gun to school to protect himself from other students, the charging affidavit said. The gun was loaded but did not have a magazine with live rounds, police said.

The teen admitted the gun did not belong to him, but refused to say where he got it, according to the affidavit.

A Volusia County Schools spokeswoman said there was no danger or disruption and Hills did not display or threaten anyone with the weapon. The school was not placed on lockdown because "administration and law enforcement addressed the incident quickly," she said.

Hills is charged with carrying a concealed weapon on a school campus.

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