A student at Park Vista High School in Lake Worth, Florida has been arrested for bringing a gun. According to the Palm Beach County school district, the gun was not loaded. The incident happened the same day that a Park Vista football player was arrested on charges that he had stolen a gun from a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy’s home. At this time, the two incidents are not known to be related.
The district sent a recorded phone message to parents and guardians informing them of the finding. The incident marks an alarming number of guns found in Palm Beach County schools; there were at least 10 confirmed occurrences by the end of February.
In the recording, the principal said school staff observed a student behaving in an odd manner. School police searched the student and his belongings and discovered an unloaded handgun in the pupil’s backpack.
The student was arrested and taken into police custody on Tuesday.
The phone message, which was not issued until Wednesday morning around 10:15 a.m., undoubtedly left recipients shaken and urged parents and guardians to speak with their students about safety procedures and making good choices.
Little more information has been released about this incident. We will continue to follow this ongoing story.
Below is the transcript of the Wednesday morning call:
Good morning Park Vista parents. This is Mr. Myers calling with an important message.
This morning, my staff observed a student behaving in an odd manner. School Police searched both the student and their belongings, recovering an unloaded handgun in the student’s backpack. The handgun was confiscated immediately and the student was taken into law enforcement custody.
Parents, I ask that you please speak with your child this evening and remind them of the importance of making good decisions, and respecting the security of our campus. Possession of any type of weapon on campus is a serious disciplinary offense, and students who choose to bring these types of items to campus put themselves at the risk of facing serious legal consequences.
I also ask that you remind your child of the importance of the “see something, say something” rule.
If your child sees or hears of something suspicious or dangerous, they should immediately report their concerns to a school staff member. Our School District has partnered with the School Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on an app that will allow students and community members to anonymously report concerns directly to law enforcement. Please visit the app store on your phone or tablet and search for PBC StudentProtect to download this app.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns – you can contact the school at 491-8400. Thank you.