Monday, May 21, 2018
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Days after disappearing with gun, two Sunlake High School students found in Tennessee

Two runaway teens whose disappearance led to increased security measures last week at Sunlake High School were found in Knoxville, Tenn.

The 16-year-old boys, whose identities have not been released, left Pasco County in a Chrysler 200 sedan sometime around 4 p.m. Thursday, said Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Tobin. Around noon Friday, Tobin said, one student's family member called the school to report that the student left a note saying he had a parent's firearm.

Tobin emphasized the note made "no specific threat to the school," but as a precaution, there were more deputies at the school at 3023 Sunlake Blvd., and a "high-supervision release" when classes ended Friday.

In the meantime, the duo made it up to Knoxville. It is unclear whether that was their intended destination.

In Knoxville, one boy told the other that he was tired of running away and to let him out at a Walmart, Tobin said. The boy who stayed in the car later contacted his father via computer, saying he had run out of gas and money. His parents flew up to Knoxville the same day to get him.

On Tuesday, authorities found the boy who got out at the Walmart.

Tobin said one of the boys' parents found the firearm inside the car, but he did not disclose the type of weapon, citing an open investigation.

At present, neither teen faces any criminal charges.

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