GULFPORT — A Boca Ciega High School student was arrested Wednesday after the school resource officer found a loaded gun in his backpack.
The 17-year-old student, who was not identified, has been taken into custody on a charge of possessing a firearm on school property, said police spokesman Sgt. Tom Woodman.
The boy, an 11th grader, told police he wanted to kill himself.
Authorities said they became aware of the gun after a female student told an adult about some strange text messages she'd been exchanging with the boy.
The messages alluded to a "lockdown," Woodman said.
The school's resource officers pulled the boy from class, interviewed him, and found the gun, a .380 semi-automatic pistol.
The student told officers he didn't plan to hurt others, but had planned to shoot himself after school.
He said the gun came from a safe inside his home, and that he'd watched his mother enter the code without her knowledge. The boy will be given a mental evaluation.