Student arrested after bringing loaded gun to Fort Pierce Westwood Academy, sheriff's office says

'No threats against students or staff were made or reported,' according to sheriff's office
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Posted at 9:53 AM, Oct 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-13 09:53:23-04

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. — St. Lucie County deputies on Wednesday arrested a 17-year-old student after authorities said he brought a loaded gun to Fort Pierce Westwood Academy.

According to a news release from the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, the investigation started with allegations against the student for possession of stolen property.

Deputies searched the teen's backpack and found the alleged stolen items and a loaded gun, according to the sheriff's office.

"No threats against students or staff were made or reported," the sheriff's office said.

The teen was taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

"We are committed to providing a safe learning environment on every school campus and appreciate our continued partnership with St. Lucie Public Schools to help keep our students safe," the sheriff's office said.