Teen Charged for Flintlock Pistol at School

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Treasure Coast teen faces charges after authorities say he brought a replica flintlock handgun and a pocketknife to his Port St. Lucie school.

The 17-year-old told police he brought the pistol to St. Lucie West Centennial High School on Friday to show his history teacher, explaining they were discussing the Civil War in class.

Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers reports that the teacher confirmed she was covering the Civil War, but she said the teen wasn’t scheduled to be in her class Friday.

Police were called to the school after another teacher spotted the teen showing the gun to a friend. A gunsmith determined the Civil War replica was a working firearm.

The teen was charged with two felony counts of possession of a weapon on school grounds.

Source: The Stuart News, Associated Press