TAMPA - A 10th grade student at Middleton High School in Tampa was arrested Tuesday after police say he carried a gun on campus.
The school, on North 22nd Street. was placed on lockdown following a tip.
According to a police statement, the 16-year-old student showed the gun to another classmate. The classmate texted his father who contacted police.
The school resource officer found the gun in the student's book bag. The suspect said he needed the weapon for protection in his neighborhood.
He said he found the gun, but police haven't confirmed that.
The student is now charged with carrying a concealed weapon on school grounds, a felony..
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