Fort Pierce Central High School was placed on lockdown for a time Friday

Two people questioned by deputies

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - Fort Pierce Central High School and Forest Grove Middle School were placed on lockdown for a time Friday.

The lockdown was ordered after a call to 911 of two suspicious males riding bikes in the area. There was a concern that they may be armed.

School officials say the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office acted quickly and searched the area around the school thoroughly.

The sheriff’s office says it located the pair and later a BB rifle.

"Forest Grove Middle School and Fort Pierce Central High School were locked down as a precaution from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. because two young males were seen on Bell Avenue riding bicycles in possession of what looked like a rifle but turned out to be a BB gun," Sheriff Ken Mascara said in a statement. "Whenever we receive a report of someone who may be armed near one of our schools, we take that threat very seriously and every available resource responds."

According to the sheriff’s office, one of the males is a 15-year-old student at Central High School. The other is 18-year-old Jordan Taylor of Fort Pierce.

The sheriff’s office says he is being charged with being in the company of a minor in possession of a pellet rifle without permission of the juvenile's parents, as well as contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Deputies say the pair wasn’t armed when stopped because they had dropped the BB rifle in a wooded area. They said they intended to shoot small animals with it.

The juvenile will be turned over to his parents.

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