A 16-year-old Port St. Lucie boy was arrested Wednesday after he brought a stolen gun onto a school campus, according to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office
Investigators said the unloaded firearm was found inside a garbage can at the Dale Cassens Education Complex in Fort Pierce.
The student later admitted bringing the weapon to school.
The teen was charged with possession of a weapon on school property, theft of a firearm and violation of probation. He was transported to the Department of Juvenile Justice Detention Center in Fort Pierce.
Chief Deputy Brian Hester said the teen also faces other consequences based on the school district's code of conduct.
"Parents, please use this as an opportunity to remind your student about the importance of school safety," Hester said in a written statement. "Not only should they know that there is zero-tolerance for bringing or threatening to bring a firearm to school, but they should also feel comfortable reporting any information they may have that compromises their safety and the safety of others.”