A 17-year-old student at North Marion High School was arrested by a Marion County Sheriff’s Office school resource deputy after he was accused of bringing a loaded firearm onto school property.
On Thursday, a North Marion High School student informed the school resource deputy that he had overheard two other students in the bathroom making statements about having a firearm and killing someone, according to the MCSO report.
The deputy, along with the assistant principal, reviewed recordings from the school’s hallway cameras and were able to identify the two students. The MCSO report states that Julius Nick’olas Webster was one of the students identified.
Webster and the other student were located and searched, but a firearm was not found. When Webster was asked if he had a book bag, he claimed that he did not bring one to school due to testing.
The school resource deputy located camera footage from earlier in the morning which showed Webster with a book bag. When asked about the book bag that was seen on the footage, Webster stated that it belonged to his cousin.
Deputies located Webster’s cousin who stated that Webster had asked her to hold onto his book bag. She advised that she had taken the book bag to Webster’s 5th period class and dropped it off there.
The book bag was located by deputies. According to MCSO, a search of the book bag was conducted, and a loaded .22 caliber Taurus pistol was found wrapped in a beanie.
The school resource deputy made contact with Webster’s mother over the phone, and she remained on the line while Webster was read his Miranda rights. Webster did not want to discuss the incident with the deputy.
The MCSO report states that Webster made statements to another deputy that he was in possession of the firearm, and he claimed that he had found it in a ditch approximately four weeks ago.
Webster was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail. He is facing charges for possession of a firearm on school property and carrying a concealed firearm.