LEHIGH ACRS, Fla. - A second Lehigh Middle School student has been arrested and is facing multiple charges in connection with a case where a gun was found in a students back pack on the bus.
After following up on allegations of involvement by a second student, an investigation revealed a student had also been in possession of the firearm.
The child has been charged with Possession of a Firearm on School Property, Alteration or Removal of a Firearm Serial Number, Carrying a concealed firearm, and Under 18 years of age unlawful possession of a firearm.
On 11/09/10, the student was charged with robbery in connection with the theft of a cell phone. It was the investigation into the cell phone robbery that led to the discovery of the gun.
On Monday, November 8, 2010, the School Resource Officer at Lehigh Middle School, 104 Arthur Avenue, Lehigh Acres, was investigating the theft of a student’s cell phone. The theft was reported at the end of school as the busses were leaving. The student who took the phone left the school on a bus.
School administrators had the bus return to school and those students matching the description of the unknown suspect were asked to step off of the bus. An administrative search was conducted on the backpacks belonging to each of these students but the phone was not located. During the search of one of the backpacks, an administrator located a handgun with an altered serial number. The backpack belonged to a 13 year old.
The student was placed under arrest for Possession of a Firearm on School Property and Alteration or Removal of a Firearm Serial Number.