FORT MYERS- On Thursday, January 27, 2011, the School Resource Officer at North Fort Myers Academy of the Arts received information from school administrators that a student on school grounds was in possession of a firearm. The deputy learned school officials conducted a search of the student's backpack and found an unloaded 45 caliber handgun, two loaded magazines and three 45 caliber bullets. Both the weapon and ammunition were then turned over to, and secured by, law enforcement.
The subsequent investigation revealed the 13-year-old had no intention of hurting anyone and had unloaded the gun himself prior to placing it in his backpack. Investigators determined the suspect had only brought the gun to school to show off to his friends.
Based on information obtained through the course of the investigation, deputies arrested the student with one count of Possession of a Weapon on School Property, a third degree felony.