VERO BEACH, Fla. — A Vero Beach High School student was arrested after making threatening comments and having a loaded gun on campus, the school district said.
A Facebook post from the Indian River School District said it was reported Wednesday afternoon that the student made harmful comments to another student at the school.
The 17-year-old who made the comments was investigated and questioned by school resource assistants and school officials. The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office said the loaded gun was later found in the student’s backpack.
The student, whose name has not been released, was arrested by deputies and placed in police custody.
Wednesday’s incident comes after deputies arrested another high school student last week who was charged with uttering threats to teachers and staff at Vero Beach High School.
The sheriff’s office said the latest suspect faces charges of possession of a weapon on school property, carrying a concealed firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and mischief criminal.
“Our team is still looking at many details, such as do you know where the weapon came from, how it was accessed. All of these details were still actively trying to track them down at this time,” the official said. Sheriff Eric Flower.
Flowers said a teacher may have been threatened and they were taking other advice.
“We take every threat seriously,” he said. “It doesn’t matter, we’re following leads. We’ve been to children’s homes, parents’ homes in the middle of the night. The cases the media and the public see are only a fraction of what we investigate. Actually.”
Flower urges students who are considering committing a crime to seek help from a teacher, counselor or trusted adult.
“Bringing a gun to school is not the answer,” he said. “It’s only going to make your situation much worse, whatever it is, and I promise you’re going to spend a lot of time in jail because of it.”
James Colvin, who is an alumnus of Vero Beach High School and has two grandchildren who are students at the school, told WPTV he was happy with the district’s zero-tolerance policy.
“Kids should realize that when you do things of this nature, carry a gun to school, the consequences are going to be big, bigger than sometimes they are,” Colvin said.
The school district reminds students that if they see or hear anything that makes them feel uncomfortable, they should report their concern to a trusted adult or use the FortifyFL app for an anonymous report.