Two students were arrested Thursday after they were found to be in possession of a stun gun on the campus of First Coast High School.
Principal Timothy Simmons told parents in a recorded phone call that school administrators got a tip about the gun Duval County School Police confiscated the gun from the students after investigating.
The students could face criminal charges, Simmons said. Action News Jax has requested the students' arrest reports for more information on the incident.
In the past week, there have been multiple incidents of firearms being found on the campus of First Coast High and Simmons called this "completely unacceptable" and said this would most likely lead to random searches of students' belongings.
Action News Jax found a social media post from a parent discussing the finding of the stun gun. That parent suggested that parents frisk their students in the morning. Some parents who commented on the post said their students feel safe at the school because administrators are conducting frequent searches.
Here's the full text of the call from Principal Simmons:
Hello Parents and Guardians of First Coast High School. This is Principal Simmons calling to alert you of an incident that occurred Thursday morning. We received a student tip about two students being in possession of a stun gun on campus. School administration and Duval County School Police investigated the claim, identified the suspects, and confiscated a stun gun. The students were arrested, taken into custody, and may face criminal charges. Additionally, these students will face discipline according to the Student Code of Conduct. We are thankful no students and/or staff were injured during today's incident. Over the last week, our school has experienced multiple incidents involving firearms and weapons. This is completely unacceptable and forces a disruption in the safe learning environment at First Coast High School. As a result, district and school officials and law enforcement will be talking with students, and most likely, increasing random searches. As parents and guardians, you are a critical component to encouraging and fostering your child's success. Remind your child about the importance of reporting weapons on campus to an adult, discuss consequences from poor decision making, and encourage an open dialogue when it comes to threats and any potential unsafe conditions. We cannot allow the safety of our students to be compromised. A letter will be sent home with your child on Friday regarding today's incident. Please contact me at 904-757-0080 if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you.
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