Teens smoked marijuana atop Florida school while viewing 'blood moon,' cops say

Mistaken 911 call leads to arrest of trio

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OCALA, Fla. – Three teens were arrested after, according to deputies, they were found atop a Marion County school smoking marijuana while catching a view of the "blood moon."

The teens, ages 15 and 16 years old, were arrested on charges of trespassing on school grounds, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession less than 20 grams.

The trio was discovered on the roof of Horizon Academy at 365 Marion Oaks Drive in Ocala just after 1 a.m. Tuesday when patrol units responded to a 911 hang-up from the school campus.

"One of the juvenile defendants may have pocket-dialed a cellphone and called 911," Marion County sheriff's spokesman Judge Cochran said.

Deputies said they could see three people smoking what appeared to be some sort of bong and passing the object between each other.  They said they also saw the glow of a lighter.

"Apparently, the teenagers were on the rooftop to watch the lunar blood moon eclipse," Cochran said.

According to to NASA, the full eclipse is known as a "blood moon" because the sunset red glow that rings the Earth as it blocks the light from the sun is cast upon the moon.

At one point, the teenagers used a ladder to get down from the roof, said deputies, who added that they found a homemade marijuana smoking pipe and marijuana inside a plastic container.

The teens were then arrested.