12-year-old Jacksonville boy arrested for bringing gun to school, police say

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A 12-year-old student was arrested Wednesday after police said he brought a gun to KIPP Impact Academy, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Action News Jax is not naming him because of his age and he is not being charged as an adult.

TRENDING: Wrongfully convicted Jacksonville man released after serving 8 years behind bars

School leaders wanted to discipline the student themselves, but because bringing a gun on school property is a felony, JSO said “a physical arrest needed to be made.”

He was arrested with his mother present. The student had no criminal history according to the arrest report.

All students and staff were safe after the unloaded gun was found on campus, the school told Action News Jax.

STORY: Do you recognize this person? JSO looks to identify burglary suspect

According to KIPP, the student said he brought the gun to school “in response to being threatened outside of school,” and that there was “no intention to harm students on property.”

The child has been suspended and will attend an expulsion hearing, per the school code of conduct.

Aurielle Eady

Aurielle Eady, Action News Jax

Aurielle Eady is a digital content producer for Action News Jax.