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.