ALVA, Fla. - WINK News is uncovering more about two underage students busted for having a gun at school. Investigators say the teens tried to cover the whole thing up by hiding the weapon in a trash can. It happened at The Alva School which is just north of State Road 80, right next to the Alva Community Park.
According to the arrest report, other students saw the gun on a school bus. Now, a 13 and 14-year-old are under arrest. WINK News isn't naming them because of their ages. We're learning those teens were actually searched Wednesday because of "suspicious activity."
Parents at The Alva School are puzzled, wanting to know how a gun got so close to their kids. "You've got to be prayed up before you send your kids off to school nowadays," a woman named Carol said.
According to the arrest report, a deputy checked a school bathroom and found a 9mm pistol, allegedly hidden by a 13-year-old boy, covered by paper towels in a trash can.
The principal immediately alerted parents with an e-mail saying, "at no time was the unloaded weapon used by this student or were other students endangered with it."
The arrest report states that both teens had been searched just a day before. One of them was found with 22 live rounds of 9 mm ammunition. The other was carrying tobacco.
WINK News stopped by the suspects' homes. No one answered at the first. And, at the second house, a woman told us the boy was in foster care.
"Where does it end?" parent John Cortez said. "Today, the kid brings it to school. Tomorrow, it may be the playground."
This comes as Florida lawmakers debate a proposed new law that could relax strict gun rules in state elementary schools. If passed, it would scale back punishments, allowing students to wear gun-related shirts, draw pictures of guns or use objects to simulate a gun just as long as they don't threaten anyone.
"It's not hurting anybody," Florida Rep. Dennis Baxley said. "It's just kids being kids and being at school. Those things are not disruptive and we shouldn't overreact."
But, in Thursday's case, with a real gun involved, deputies say students did the right thing by speaking up.
WINK News has reached out to the Children's Network of Southwest Florida to confirm if one of those teens is in foster care.