Police officers arrest student over gun at school in Broward

Police arrested a student on Friday afternoon after he was found with a gun on campus at William Dandy Middle School in Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Police arrested a student on Friday afternoon after receiving a tip of a suspect carrying a gun on school property at William Dandy Middle School.

The school is located at 2400 NW 26th St., in Fort Lauderdale.

According to Fort Lauderdale Police spokeswoman Casey Liening, police received the call around 3:30 p.m.

Liening said the school was immediately placed on a Code Red lockdown, and responding officers located the individual and a gun.

According to Liening, the student is a 14-year-old male.

According to Broward County Public Schools spokeswoman Nadine Drew, officers quickly located the student and found a gun in the student’s backpack.

Sky 10 flew over the scene where there was a heavy police presence.

According to Liening, “there was no shooting and at this time we do not have any reported injuries.”

Drew said the student is in police custody and “will also face appropriate school disciplinary consequences.”

Police told Local 10 News’ Roy Ramos that the Code Red lockdown had been lifted and parents were allowed to pick up their children from the school.

“I sent my kid to school to be safe, but they did what they can do -- we were alerted,” one parent told Ramos.

Kameka Middleton, a mother of a student that attends the school, told Local 10 News’ Annaliese Garcia that she received a text from her daughter during the terrifying moment.

“I got a text message from my daughter saying she was in the closet, crying,” Middleton said. “At the end of the day, we are all sitting here worrying about our kids and now they’re almost keeping them hostage at this point.”

The student faces charges of possession of a firearm on school grounds and carrying a concealed firearm, authorities said.

Police have not yet released any other details.

Local 10′s Annaliese Garcia contributed to this story.


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