Lake County high school student arrested after bringing handgun to school, deputies say

16-year-old student faces multiple charges

The 9 mm gun deputies said a student at Tavares High School brought to school. (Lake County Sheriff's Office)

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A 16-year-old student at Tavares High School faces charges after he brought a handgun to school on Monday, deputies said.

According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, an assistant principal responded to a classroom due to three student being disruptive, believing they were under the influence of narcotics.

During the search of one of the student’s bookbag, the assistant principal found a black bag that contained a 9mm handgun, according to an arrest report.

Deputies said the gun wasn’t loaded, but a magazine with six 9mm rounds was found in the bag next to the firearm.

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According to the report, deputies they responded and arrested the student, who faces charges of possession of a weapon on campus, carrying a concealed firearm and possession of a firearm by a minor.

News 6 reached out to determine if the gun was loaded or if the student planned on using it.

This is a developing story. Check back with News 6 for the latest updates.

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