Gun found at Chamberlain High School, students arrested

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — Police arrested two students at Chamberlain High school Friday morning after police find a gun on campus. One of them apparently brought the gun to school and gave it to a classmate.

Parents were in a state of panic as they were alerted by school officials.

“I need my children to be safe,” said one parent.

“I don’t know what’s going on so this make me nervous, I’m a nervous person so I immediately thinking that something really bad happened,” said grandparent Vilma Solel.

School officials received a tip.

“They were able to give us the name of that student and were able to go directly to that student and the student did say, there was something in his backpack,” said Tanya Arja, Hillsborough Co. schools spokeswoman.

They recovered ammunition and an unloaded gun. Police walked 19-year-old Raeqwon McDonald out in handcuffs.

“We weren’t given any details, we were just told there was a gun on campus,” said Alec Piendel.

He was taking a test when they were told to stay in the gym.

“I guess we were pretty concerned because if a student has a gun, then something could happen,” said Piendel.

While police investigate the motive, parents worry about safety. Two more schools were also on lockdown Friday and a student was stabbed yesterday at Wharton High school. School officials reassure parents our campuses are safe.

“We have our school security on many of these campuses, we also have local law enforcement. So they are there to educate and be there if a student needs assistance, but they’re also there for situations like this where there is some type of security issue going on,” said Arja.

Both students will not be allowed to come back according to the district. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s