Watch: Fla. deputies arrest 2 juveniles who brought weapon to elementary school campus
"The start of a new school year is just around the corner and this is my stark warning: guns on campus are no laughing matter," Sheriff Chad Chronister said
By Sarah Roebuck
BRANDON, Fla. — Two juveniles are under arrest after they brought what appeared to be a rifle onto an elementary school campus, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.
On Tuesday, deputies received a call just before 12:30 p.m. at Schmidt Elementary School after the principal reported two males on campus, one armed with a rifle. Students and teachers were on campus for summer classes, so the school was placed on lockdown.
When deputies arrived, they found the two suspects near the drop-off area. Body-worn camera video shows deputies giving the juveniles loud verbal commands to drop the firearm and lie on the ground.
The sheriff's office said both suspects were compliant and taken into custody without incident.
"In the face of potential danger, with a weapon on campus, our deputies exemplified unparalleled professionalism," Sheriff Chad Chronister said. "Their quick and calculated response ensured the safety of the students and teachers on campus, as well as their own."
The firearm was determined to be a BB gun with an optic.
"The start of a new school year is just around the corner and this is my stark warning: guns on campus are no laughing matter. The safety of our students and staff is our top priority, and we take any reports of firearms seriously," Chronister said. "Those who make threats or bring guns onto school grounds will face swift and decisive action. We will not hesitate to make arrests to ensure a secure and nurturing learning environment for all."
Kelvin Dupree, 18, and Calvin Hollis, 14, were arrested and face multiple charges, including exhibition of a weapon on school property, trespass on school property with a weapon and disrupting a school/lawful assembly.