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Police: Teen arrested with gun in backpack near St. Pete High School

ST. PETERSBURG — A 16-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday near St. Petersburg High School after a school resource officer found a gun in his backpack, authorities said.

The teen brought the gun on school grounds to show another student, St. Petersburg police spokesperson Mike Puetz said. He also texted a photo of the gun to three other students.

After someone told a teacher, the SRO arrested the teen at about 1:30 p.m. near 9th Avenue N and 25th Street. He faces a misdemeanor charge of carrying a firearm.

Police do not believe the teen intended to shoot anyone, Puetz said.

St. Petersburg High School Principal Al Bennett notified parents about the incident Tuesday with a voice message.

"Please know that the safety and security of your child is our top priority," he said. "We have zero tolerance for weapons in our school."

Police: Teen arrested with gun in backpack near St. Pete High School 09/10/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 5:55pm]

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