LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla. – A 14-year-old boy was arrested Friday morning after bringing a loaded gun to Boyd H. Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, authorities said.
According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the school, at 3050 NW 41st St., around 8:30 a.m. and apprehended the teen, who is a Lauderdale Lakes Middle School student.
“I commend the student who did the right thing: Seeing something and saying something,” James F. Griffin II, the school principal said.
Students said the school’s doors locked, the lights turned and they had to hide. They later learned the armed middle school student was trespassing.
Authorities said the gun was recovered and the school was temporarily placed on a code red lockdown as a precaution. Antilea Mobley, whose twin sons are students at the school, said she was terrified.
“My son texted me to let me know he was okay, so of course that was a relief,” Mobley said. “I was just glad they caught the person and a student said something because you just never know what the intentions are of these students or anybody really nowadays.”
Paulette Bowe, a student’s mother, waited impatiently outside of the school.
“I am concerned, like most of these parents,” Bowe said. “I have never seen so many cars come to pick up their kids.”
The teenage boy is facing charges of possession of a firearm on school property, possession of a firearm by a minor, trespassing on school grounds, and disruption of school function.