Lakeland Student Found with Gun in School

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) _ A student was arrested at a central Florida high school after he was found with a gun at school.

A Polk County Sheriff’s deputy received a tip about the gun on campus while investigating the theft of a cell phone at Lake Gibson High on Wednesday.

The Orlando Sentinel ( ) reports the deputy and a school administrator found the 18-year-old student in a classroom, clutching a book bag to his chest.

The deputy took the bag and found an unloaded .25-caliber handgun and a marijuana bag inside.

Officials say the student admitted to putting the marijuana in the bag.

He denied knowledge of the gun.

Sheriff’s officials say the student admitted to being a gang member.

He faces charges of firearm possession on school property and possession of marijuana.