South Fort Myers High student arrested after tip he brought gun to school

  • In US
  • 2022-08-13 14:44:30Z
  • By The News-Press

A South Fort Myers High School student was arrested Thursday after a tip came through alerting authorities he might have a gun in his car on campus.

On Thursday, a student approached a staff member at the school and mentioned seeing an Instagram video depicting a fellow student flashing a firearm.

School administrators, along with Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies conducted an administrative search of the student's car in the parking lot.

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During the search, they located a loaded 9mm handgun under the driver's seat.

Administrators immediately notified the School Resource Officer. The weapon was secured and detectives from the Youth Services Division responded to assume the investigation.

They also determined the gun was stolen during a burglary last month in Lehigh Acres.

The case remains under investigation.

The student was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds.

In an email sent to parents Thursday, Ed Mathews, the school's principal, said students weren't threatened.

"We do not tolerate this kind of behavior at South Fort Myers High School, so on top of the legal consequences, the student involved will be disciplined per the Student Code of Conduct," the email read in part.

As a matter of policy, The News-Press doesn't identify minors facing criminal charges.

No further information was available Saturday morning.

Tomas Rodriguez is a Breaking/Live News Reporter for the Naples Daily News and The News-Press. You can reach Tomas at or 772-333-5501. Follow him on Twitter @TomasFRoBeltran.

This article originally appeared on Fort Myers News-Press: South Fort Myers High School student arrested after bringing gun to school


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