High School Student Arrested for Bringing Gun to School

A high school student was arrested for bringing a gun to school in Vero Beach, Florida.
A high school student was arrested for bringing a gun to school in Vero Beach, Florida.

VERO BEACH, Florida On Thursday, Indian River County Sheriff’s Office detectives and school resource deputies arrested 15-year-old Richard Garmon, a student at the Vero Beach High School Freshman Learning Center, after it was discovered he was in possession of a firearm on school property.

“Deputy Shannon Dean, the school resource officer at the Freshman Learning Center, and Deputy Mike Snowhill, the school resource officer at Vero Beach High School, both received information from sources within their schools relating to a student with a firearm on school property,” Major Eric Flowers told Sebastian Daily.

The information obtained by the SROs included a photo of Garmon holding a firearm on a school bus and a video of him with the gun on campus at the Freshman Learning Center. Garmon initially told deputies he was holding a BB gun in the photo and video.

Indian River County Sheriff’s Detective Ismael Hau was able to confirm the firearm in the photo and video was a Lorcin 9mm and it had been stolen from Garmon’s grandmother’s home without her knowledge. Garmon later admitted to detectives that he took the firearm from his grandmother’s house, brought it to school, and made a video of himself with the gun during his lunch period. He posted the video to Snapchat on September 27, 2018, at 12:12 p.m.

Garmon was arrested and charged possession of a firearm by a minor and possession of a firearm on school grounds. He was booked into the Indian River County Jail and later transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in St. Lucie County.

“Make no mistake, the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office takes a zero-tolerance approach to weapons on our school campuses. Those who bring a gun or other weapon to school or who make threats to do violence, on social media or otherwise, will be arrested and taken to jail. This incident is a great example of students not willing to tolerate firearms in their schools. By contacting their SROs, the students sent a clear message that they will take an active role in preventing school violence. This case came to a successful conclusion because of the cooperation between students, law enforcement, and school officials,” Sheriff Deryl Loar stated.

DISCLAIMER: Arrests and mugshots were made public by complaint affidavits, arrest affidavits, and police reports. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty.

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