2 students arrested after allegedly bringing gun to South Dade Senior High School

Gun found stashed in jacket in trash can, school officials say

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Two students were arrested Thursday after bringing a gun to South Dade Senior High School, Miami-Dade County Public Schools spokesman John Schuster said.

According to Schuster, a teacher at the high school at 28401 SW 167th Ave. in Homestead found a bullet on the ground Thursday morning and notified administrators.

Police were called and a gun was found stashed inside a jacket in a trash can, Schuster said.

"Me and my friends, we could have got killed because someone comes in playing with a gun," one student said.

From left: Lionel Jean-Pierre, 19, and James Martin, 18.

A parent of a student from the high school told Local 10 News that she received a recorded phone message from the principal saying that an isolated incident had occurred at the school, but that the incident was over and everyone was safe.

She said she immediately texted her son, who told her that a student had been arrested for having a gun on campus.

He said police dogs searched the school during the incident.

"I'm happy that they found them, but I'm not happy that the kids went inside the school with guns," one parent, Amador Sanchez, said.

Schuster said it was determined that two students had possession of the gun.

The students, identified as Lionel Jean-Pierre, 19, and James Martin, 18, were arrested on charges of possession of a weapon on school grounds.

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