Officials: 3rd grader brought gun to school

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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 6:05 pm | Updated: 9:33 pm, Thu Oct 24, 2013.

SARASOTA - School officials at Brentwood Elementary School in Sarasota  say they safely recovered a gun from a 3rd grade student Thursday.

At this point, it appears the student brought the gun in to showoff to classmates, rather than do harm.

According to school principal John Weida, a 3rd grade student says another student showed him a pistol he had brought to school.  He alerted his sister, who reported it to the teacher.

School officials found the gun in the boy's backpack.  Nobody at the school was injured. According to the Sheriff's Office, the student took the gun from his mother's friend's home.

At the end of the school day, Weida sent out an automated voice message to all parents:

This is John Weida, principal of Brentwood Elementary School. We had an incident on campus today I want parents and guardians to know about.


Today a third-grade student reported that another boy showed him a pistol he brought to school. The student who was shown the gun told his sister, who reported it to the teacher. We inspected the boy’s backpack and discovered that he did have a gun.


We called the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies quickly responded and interviewed the parties involved in the incident.


We are very proud of the students who came forward to report this situation immediately. They helped keep everyone at Brentwood safe.


The safety of our students is our highest priority. We want to emphasize to parents the importance of students reporting any activity that may be a threat to the safety of our school and students.


Thank you for your cooperation.

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  • rogue posted at 11:42 pm on Sat, Oct 12, 2013.

    rogue Posts: 2

    no the students handled it..and you are obviously not a parent!!!

  • Csarr30 posted at 1:19 pm on Fri, Oct 11, 2013.

    Csarr30 Posts: 1

    I am also a parent from Brentwood. I was very angry at first that I didn't get a call until 4:55pm. The school was not put on lock down at all over the incident. I understand why the didn't call the parents immediately. As a parent, I know a lot of us would run right over to the school to pick our children up which would have caused more of a problem and panic in the children. However, we should have received a call at dismissal time so we were prepared when we saw our children. My son was home for almost 2 hours before I was aware of it. Also, I have many questions on how this was handle, such as how long did it take for them to obtain the gun when the teacher was notified. Was just a minute or two or was it ten minutes. To me this makes a big different on weather there should have been a lock down. Will the student be allowed to return to school. Also, what is the school doing to assure the safety of my child from this point. I was told by another parent that just a few weeks ago a child was threatening to cut another students head off. Also on the same day of the gun incident, a student told me that another student left campus set something on fire and ran back to campus. There was smoke and firetrucks around the school area at student pick up, so I am not sure how accurate this is. With all this, yes I am concerned and I do think that a sweep of the school should be done.

  • jroliver posted at 6:13 pm on Thu, Oct 10, 2013.

    jroliver Posts: 2

    Lady take a chill pill the school handled the situation without your help

  • jon anthony posted at 12:43 pm on Thu, Oct 10, 2013.

    jon anthony Posts: 1

    Dysfunction AND stupidity in the same place? mmWOWWW.

  • rogue posted at 11:32 am on Thu, Oct 10, 2013.

    rogue Posts: 2

    I have two children in this school. I was very upset that I didn't know about this while I was working all day. I do not think this child should be allowed to return to school. How did he get this gun?? I agree a thorough search of the school was warranted in this situation.

  • dixie0317 posted at 9:32 am on Thu, Oct 10, 2013.

    dixie0317 Posts: 1

    As a parent of a child that attends this school, I am outraged that we did not get a call sooner than we did. I myself was not contacted until 4:53 in the afternoon. I am also appalled that all we got was a recorded message. We were not given options of what we wanted to do with our own children given the circumstance. I also have many questions about how things were handled. Was the school put on lockdown and every backpack and desk checked? I understand that it was only one student, but, children are smarter than we think and can manipulate. Again as a parent of a child in this school I want to know that all precautions were taken to make sure my child was safe.


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