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Boy, 14, wanting to feel 'cool,' brought weapons to Winter Haven school

A 14-year-old Winter Haven boy was arrested Wednesday after police said he brought weapons to school.

The boy brought a two knives and a Kimel AP-9 semi-automatic pistol with 11 rounds of ammunition to Winter Haven Christian School, according to Winter Haven police. The student didn't make any threats against the school, and the weapons were found in a backpack inside of his locker, officers said.

The boy told investigators he brought the weapons to school because he wanted to feel "powerful" and "cool," according to police. The gun belongs to the boy's father.

The boy faces charges of with possession of a firearm on school grounds and possession of a weapon on school grounds. He was booked into the Polk County Juvenile Detention Facility. His name is being withheld by the Tampa Bay Times because of his age.

"This should hopefully serve as a warning to any student who thinks it's cool to carry a weapon, especially on school grounds," Winter Haven Police Chief Charlie Bird said in a statement. "There is absolutely no room for 'cool' when it involves any sort of weapon in a school with the recent events our country has endured."

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