DELAND, Fla. – A student at DeLand Middle School faces charges after police said he took a gun to school on Wednesday.
According to a news release, officers responded to the school around 2:20 p.m. “to investigate a Fortify Florida alert reference a gun on campus.”
Police said the school was placed on lockdown while they established a perimeter and officers were able to locate a student who had a gun in his backpack.
According to the release, there were no reports of the student threatening anyone with the gun.
The student was taken into custody and transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice, police said.
The lockdown at the school was later lifted.
Fortify Florida is an anonymous reporting tool created by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Safety Act after the Parkland mass shooting. The app is free for anyone to download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.
GUN FOUND AT SCHOOL: A 13-year-old student was arrested on Wednesday after DeLand Police say they found a gun along with multiple bullets inside his backpack.— Ezzy Castro (@EzzyCastro) September 14, 2023
More details ahead at 6 & 6:30 a.m. @news6wkmg https://t.co/gu52z9L6L0
Details regarding DPD’s response to an incident at DeLand Middle School this afternoon: https://t.co/vKwLxeqEff— DeLand Police Department (@DeLandPD) September 13, 2023
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