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Two students charged after one brings BB gun to St. Pete High

ST. PETERSBURG — Two students were apprehended by police Tuesday after one of them brought a BB gun to St. Petersburg High School's campus.

Police spokesman Mike Puetz said the school went into lock down and called in police about 12:35 p.m. when rumors that a student brought a gun to class sparked concern among staff.

Principal Al Bennett said a student who had seen the student with the BB gun reported it to school administrators. After reviewing tape from a camera in the hallway, police located a 15-year-old boy in a classroom who admitted he was carrying the gun in his backpack. Earlier that afternoon, police said, another 16-year-old boy pointed the gun at a female student's ribs and demanded money.

The 16-year-old told police it was all a joke, Puetz said, but the girl felt threatened.

The 15-year-old boy, whose name has not yet been released, was charged with bringing a weapon onto school property and was not arrested. The 16-year-old was arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery. He was transported to the Pinellas County Juvenile Detention Center.

The lock down was lifted about 1:40 p.m., school officials said.

Two students charged after one brings BB gun to St. Pete High 05/13/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 4:22pm]
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