ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - A former Alachua County student is accused of threatening a student with a gun at Buchholz High School.
Deputies say that just before lunch on Wednesday, one of the school's resource deputies was contacted after alert school staff noticed that a juvenile female in the clinic was behaving strangely. When the deputy arrived, the 16-year-old had become even more nervous and stated there was a gun in her backpack.
After the School Resource Deputy had the gun secured and was escorting the suspect to an office to continue the investigation, he days that she began acting out, fighting, and ultimately was taken straight to a patrol car instead.
Because of her behavior and other concerns, paramedics were said to have responded to check her out before transporting her to the Juvenile Assessment Center, charged with several felonies.
The Alachua County Sheriff's Office says that their investigation revealed that the suspect, a student last year but not currently enrolled, came to campus today with the sole purpose of confronting the victim, who is a current student. During the altercation in the halls, the suspect took an unloaded 9mm handgun from her backpack, pointed it at the victim and said some variation of “I’m going to shoot you.” The victim was able to defuse the confrontation, and continued on to class while the suspect went to the clinic where she was detained.
K-9 Ruger and a School Resource Deputy completed a sweep of the school to complete their investigation, ensuring there were no other guns hidden on campus.