JUST IN: Forest Hill High student arrested for carrying loaded gun

Feb 02, 2018

A Forest Hill High School student was arrested Friday after being found in possession of a loaded handgun.

It’s the third known case involving a gun at a Palm Beach County School in a week.

Parents received a recorded call Friday from school principal Mary Stratos informing them of the incident and the student’s arrest.

According to the message, administrators and school district police assisted West Palm Beach police “with picking up a student who was a potential victim in a violent incident in the community.”

While in custody, police discovered the student’s gun.

The gun was confiscated and the student faces criminal charges as well as disciplinary action from the school, Stratos said.

The student is not identified in the call, and the student’s age was not immediately available.

A West Palm Beach police spokesman said his agency had probable cause to arrest the student for a curfew violation and contacted school district police to make contact with the child. When school police officers went to pick up the student, they found the gun.

It’s unclear if the student was arrested inside a classroom or elsewhere in the school.

Two incidents involving students and guns were reported in the past week.

loaded gun was found at William T. Dwyer after school on Jan. 26, according to the school district.

A student at the high school, on Military Trail south of Donald Ross Road in Palm Beach Gardens, found the handgun on a cabinet in a classroom during dismissal and told school administrators.

Boynton Beach middle school student was suspended last week after allegedly bringing a gun to school, parents were told Monday.

A recorded telephone call made by an administrator at Congress Middle School said that no weapon was found, but the student was suspended because “we believe that the claims of a gun on campus are true.”