ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested two Gibbs High School students Tuesday morning after an officer found them smoking marijuana and discovered one of them had a loaded handgun.
School resource Officer Kenneth Jamison found the gun in one of the students' backpacks, police said.
The students, Joshua Lajuan Register, 16, and Marquelle Stephon Dryman, 17, were arrested on several charges.
Police said Jamison was checking the school's athletic field about 7 a.m. when he noticed a break-in at the concession stand.
He found Register and Dryman, who was on suspension, inside smoking. Jamison found the gun in Register's backpack.
Register was charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds, carrying a concealed firearm, armed commercial burglary, possession of marijuana and violation of probation.
Police said they arrested Register last month on a charge of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, and last year on charges of assault on a school employee, battery on a law enforcement officer, possession of marijuana and burglary.
Dryman was charged with armed commercial burglary, possession of marijuana and trespassing.