Lehigh Acres Middle School student displays gun in cafeteria, students are safe

Published: September 14, 2022 2:43 PM EDT
Updated: September 14, 2022 10:09 PM EDT

A student at Lehigh Acres Middle School pulled out a weapon in the cafeteria during lunch on Wednesday.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says a 12-year-old female student was arrested and says they are actively investigating.

Lee County schools say the weapon the girl pulled was a gun but did not specify the type.

In a message to parents, Lehigh Acres Middle School Principal Brian Gibson said the student displayed the weapon during lunch, and school administrators immediately intervened.

The message to parents also said that all of the students at the school were safe and that the rest of the school day was to continue as normal.

According to an email the principal at Lehigh Acres Middle School sent, the student will be disciplined per the student code of conduct on top of the legal consequences she’s facing.

Brittany Stinfil, a sixth-grade student at the school spoke to WINK News about how she felt when the incident happened.

“A little scared,” Stinfil said.

Carisa Barrett, whose child is a student at the school told WINK News how she found out.

“I got a phone call earlier today saying that a child came in with a weapon. I don’t know what kind of weapon it was. But I knew it was a weapon of some sort.”

“I walked back to my table, my friend was like, ‘Oh, you see what happened?’ I was like, ‘what?’ And she was like, ‘Oh, someone brought a gun.’ And then I was like, ‘Oh,’ soon everyone was looking in. It was all loud. And then the assistant principal was trying to get everyone to quiet down,” Stinfil said.

Then, Wednesday evening, an email from Christopher Bernier, the Lee County superintendent, explained that if students see something they must say something. And, parents should take some time to sit down with their kids and talk about safety and both online and school behavior.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said that what happened was an isolated incident and that there is no threat to staff or students at the school.

Lee County schools said they would provide more information once the investigation into the incident is complete.