Mount Dora High students accused of bringing gun on campus
School was placed on lockdown
MOUNT DORA, Fla. – Mount Dora High School was placed on lockdown Wednesday afternoon after a gun was found on campus, according to city officials.
Someone told a school resource officer around 12:55 p.m. Wednesday that a student had a gun and that officer immediately alerted the school guardian and asked the Mount Dora Police Department for additional back up, a news release said.
Within about three minutes, a 17-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were taken into custody and a handgun was recovered. On Thursday, 18-year-old Timothy Newbold was also taken into custody.
According to the report, the two students had the gun in a school bathroom and other students overheard them racking it.
Newbold is also accused of handling the gun before it was found.
The gun was not loaded and no threats were ever made, according to police. An unfired round was located in one of the student’s bags, records show.
“The initial investigation indicates the students and staff at Mount Dora High School were not in any immediate danger,” officials said in a news release.
Lake County deputies conducted a search to make sure there were no other weapons on campus.
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