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Teen accused of bringing gun to Vero Beach High School

Posted at 3:54 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 18:31:18-04

A student who brought a gun to Vero Beach High School Friday is under arrest, according to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators say someone called to the Sheriff's Office Tip Line stating the student brought the weapon to campus earlier that day.

Detectives and a School Resource Team began investigating and ended up taking a 17-year-old into custody on Sunday.

They recovered a .380 caliber handgun which they say other witnesses confirmed was the weapon seen on campus.

"See something, say something works. It is not just a slogan. We want to assure the parents, teachers, and students of Indian River County that if you come forward with a tip, we will thoroughly investigate the allegations. In this case, we recovered a gun that was brandished in the parking lot of Vero Beach High School," said Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar in a statement.

"We are glad to see the Sheriff's tip line worked to protect our students. We work closely with the Indian River County Sheriff's Office on a daily basis to ensure the security of every campus in the district," Indian River County School District spokeswoman Cristen Maddux said in a statement.

The teen has been charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, possession of a weapon by a minor, and carrying a concealed firearm.

He was taken to the Department of Youth Services.