Elementary students disciplined over threats to bring guns to school

A school resource officer was called into action Monday at an Ocala Elementary School after reports surfaced of two students arguing and threatening to bring guns to school.

The dean of students at Sunrise Elementary School, located at 375 Marion Oaks Crse, told the resource officer, who is a Marion County sheriff’s deputy, that the argument took place during lunch on March 14. She said that one student threatened to bring a gun and shoot and student, while the other talked of bringing a shotgun to school, a sheriff’s office report states.

The resource officer spoke to one of the student’s father, who said he owns a BB gun but his son doesn’t have access to it. The mother of the other student said she owns two shotguns and a handgun but they weren’t accessible to her child, the report states.

The school handled disciplinary action against both students and the incident was documented with the Department of Children and Families. The resource officer also notified patrol deputies so they could check both of the students’ homes to make sure no weapons were accessible to them.