Teens posed with gun in school, posted video on Snapchat, deputies say

Boys, 15 and 17, attend Cypress Creek High School in Orlando

By Amanda Castro - Reporter/Anchor

ORLANDO, Fla. - A judge ruled two teens arrested Monday on allegations of posing with a gun and bullets in an Orlando high school and posting the video on Snapchat will stay behind bars.

Ricardo Arevalo, 15, and Jeuriel Acevedo, 17, who attend Cypress Creek High School, were arrested on charges of possession of a firearm on school property and possession of a firearm by a minor. An Orange County judge ruled the pair will remain in juvenile detention until their upcoming court dates.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, another student saw the Snapchat video and told a parent, who contacted authorities.

According to the incident report, Arevalo posted a video of the teens waving the weapon around in a school bathroom, along with the message "Yall would have thought its a toy."

"We had an incident that had been reported where we got an anonymous tip late yesterday afternoon, and within five hours we were able to investigate and identify the two young men who had been arrested," said Cypress Creek Principal John McHale. "And they posed no threat at anytime to any of our students on campus."

Detectives worked to identify the students, who were arrested at their homes, officials said.

Deputies said the gun used in the video was found in Acevedo's backpack. The report adds Acevedo posted a picture with the same weapon on his Instagram two days before the teens were arrested.

"We thank the student and parent who recognized this threat," sheriff's officials said in a statement. "We constantly remind the community of the national 'See Something Say Something' campaign. This is a reminder of how an alert individual can keep a community safe."

Deputies said the investigation is still open, but no additional charges have been filed as of Wednesday afternoon.

"We don't even know the accuracy of this video. All they have right now is a video on Snapchat and we don't have full discovery yet," Arevalo's attorney Amanda Sampaio said.

The teens families were also in court Wednesday. They were crying and visibly upset by the charges and the judge's decision to keep the teens in secured detention.

"He's [Arevalo] never been in trouble before and the family is very upset about this," Sampaio said. "He's upset. He wants to go home. We want to put this behind us and we will see at trial what happens."
The teens' next court dates are April 6 for a pretrial hearing and April 11 for the trial.

The possession of firearm on school property is a felony charge with a sentence of up to five years. The possession of a firearm by a minor is a misdemeanor charge with a sentence of up to one year.

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