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A Palm Beach Gardens High School student was arrested Monday after a loaded gun was found on campus Monday.
High school principal Jay Blavatt sent an email to parents and staff detailing how the gun was found. According to Blavatt, another student told a staff member that he had seen a weapon.
The school said School District Police seized a loaded weapon from a student, without incident. The student was arrested and in addition to the criminal charges, the student will also be subject to strict discipline.
In the email, the school includes that the weapon was not used in a threatening manner.
The email sent to parents and staff stated:
Hello Parents, Guardians and Staff:
I am contacting you to share information about a situation that occurred on our campus today.
School District Police seized a loaded weapon, without incident, from a student. The weapon, which had not been used in a threatening manner, was discovered after another student reported to a staff member that he had seen the weapon.
The Palm Beach County School District is committed to ensuring a safe working and learning environment for all students and staff. Disciplinary action will be taken against any student who commits a violation of the District’s Zero Tolerance Policy. Florida statute explicitly prohibits firearms on school property.
The student involved today was arrested. In addition to criminal charges, the student is also subject to strict discipline, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
Under Florida law, the School Board has the right to expel any student found to have committed a crime on school property if the student is found guilty of, or found to have committed, or has withheld the adjudication for a criminal act. that it would be a felony if committed by an adult. Any student who is expelled for a violation of the Zero Tolerance Policy will be expelled for a period of not less than one full year.
It is also important that students understand the importance of reporting threats. Students, parents, and staff are encouraged to download the Fortify Florida app, available on the App Store and Google Play Store.
I would also like to acknowledge the vigilance of our staff toward the goal of keeping students safe.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact me or another member of management.
Thank you for your continued support of Palm Beach Gardens Community High School.