Duval County Public Schools isn’t the only entity struggling with students bringing weapons to school. Providence School of Jacksonville Friday said that in January two of its seniors had firearms in their trucks on school property.
Although the school on Hodges Boulevard said it is complying with its firearms policies in handling the case — which include suspensions or expulsions of weapons possession — it is unclear how the school punished the two students. The school would not say.
The two students, both 18, also were not arrested for the firearms.
According to the Duval County States Attorney’s Office, one was not charged because school officials saw that his gun was in a secure case, locked in his vehicle. That means it complies with state law concerning firearms at school.
The other told school officials he had a rifle locked in his vehicle, but no one at the school checked on his statement. If it is true, it likely would have complied with state law, the State’s Attorney’s Office concluded.
The outcomes were different for several of the teenaged and adult suspects who have brought guns to Duval public schools in recent months. Some of those students brought guns on campus which were not in secured cases in their vehicles, according to police statements.