The arrest of the 14-year-old Carver Road Middle School student Wednesday began a long investigation, according to Sheriff Dee Stewart. Stewart said investigators have since arrested a 13-year-old student who was in possession of the same firearm prior to the 14-year-old student being arrested for possessing the gun.
Both of those students had their Juvenile Court appearance hearings Thursday morning.
The 14-year-old student was remanded to the custody of the Youth Detention Center, and the 13-year-old was remanded to the custody of his parents with an ankle monitor.
Both will have a full-scale hearing to be announced by the court at a later date.
According to Capt. Tony Ranieri, both students will not be returning to the school anytime soon.
The Sheriff’s Office continued its investigation and then arrested a third person who was in possession of the same firearm, but not on school property.
This information was revealed on a MySpace account, where pictures of weapons and drugs were found on an account, leading to the arrest of the third student, who is also 13.
“Investigators are still working on where the gun originally came from, and when we find that out, if we find that out, more arrests will be made,” Ranieri said.
Ranieri said he encourages parents to monitor their child’s MySpace and Facebook accounts.
Pictures of illegal activity discovered as a result of a criminal investigation will result in juveniles going to jail, he said.
Investigators are continuing the investigation.
Stewart said the Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the students who reported the original incident to authorities.
“We are proud of each student that was involved and thanks for keeping your school safe,” Stewart said.