Ocala middle-schooler nabbed with live ammunition in backpack

An Ocala middle school student found himself in hot water last week after being caught with live ammunition in his backpack.

The school resource officer, who is a Marion County sheriff’s deputy, was called into action at Belleview Middle School on Thursday after the assistant principal of discipline reported that a student possibly had live ammunition in his backpack.

The student was called to the office and seven rounds of ammunition – four .38-caliber and three .45-caliber bullets – were found in his backpack, a sheriff’s office report states.

The deputy took possession of the ammunition and when the student was asked how and why it was in his backpack, he claimed to have found it two days earlier stuffed down in a seat on his bus. But the student then said he had found the rounds on the bus the day before, and then changed his story again to claim that his older brother “might” have put them in his backpack, the report says, adding that he later said he found the bullets on the school’s campus, located at 10500 SE 36th Ave.

The deputy made contact with the student’s mother and told her that another deputy would be stopping by her house on 174th Place to make sure her son didn’t have access to any weapons. A short time later, that deputy verified that the student didn’t have access to firearms and reported back to the school resource officer, the report says.

The resource officer then emailed the sheriff’s office’s Crisis Intervention Unit to make them aware of the incident. No law enforcement action was taken and school officials handled disciplinary action against the student.