2 teens caught with guns at their high schools

TAMPA — Two 15-year-olds brought guns to their high schools Monday, the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office reported.

One boy brought a .45-caliber handgun to Hillsborough High, deputies said. His mother called to report her suspicion and the school was placed on lockdown. Authorities found the boy at 7:45 a.m. with a handgun clip in his pants pocket. He told them the gun was under a classroom keyboard and said he had only intended to sell the weapon, not use it.

The other boy brought a 9mm semiautomatic pistol to Alonso High, deputies said. Another student reported the boy, and the school was locked down about 12:30 p.m. Deputies found the ninth-grader with the unloaded gun in his backpack, along with a loaded clip.

The Times is not publishing the students' identities because of their age.

Schools spokesman Steve Hegarty said the school district was pleased to learn that "very good tips" led to the gun seizures.

The first teen was charged with theft of a firearm, possession of a concealed firearm and possession of a firearm on school grounds. The second was charged with possession of a firearm on school property.

Last school year in Hillsborough, four students were caught with guns on campus.

Staff writer Letitia Stein contributed to this report.

2 teens caught with guns at their high schools 12/15/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 5:22pm]

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