Student Arrested For Bringing Gun To School *UPDATE #2*

Student Arrested for Bringing Gun to School *UPDATE #2*

Press release update 2019
Sunday, May 17th, 2020

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno, immediately upon his appointment, instituted a “Safe Students – Safe Schools” initiative designed to create the safest possible environment in which children can learn.  A minimum of one School Resource Officer, in conjunction with supportive technologies, were placed in all schools in unincorporated Lee County and Bonita Springs.

The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Youth Services Division continuously trains School Resource Officers in preparation for any and all school-related emergencies and those hand-selected deputies watchfully patrol school grounds throughout each school day.

On December 20, 2019, a School Resource Officer at Harns Marsh Middle School was summoned to the front office regarding a firearm.  Upon arrival, the LCSO Corporal immediately secured a Sig Sauer P250, a .380 caliber, semi-automatic weapon.

The manner in which the deputy was notified caused a delay in securing that firearm.  Thankfully, the incident ended without discharge of the weapon and without injury.

Friday, January 10th, 2020

On January 9, 2020, detectives conducted a follow up investigation into the incident at Harns Marsh Middle School from December of 2019.

Throughout the investigation, detectives interviewed several students who revealed that on December 20, 2019, Anthony exhibited the firearm on the school bus while en route to school, in the cafeteria and while in class. Anthony then threatened his classmates into not reporting his actions to school staff. 

On January 9, 2020, detectives found probable cause to arrest Anthony for (1) Count of  Improper exhibition of dangerous weapons or firearm on school grounds as defined in Florida State Statute 790.115 (1) and  (1) Count of  dangerous exhibition of a fire arm as defined in Florida State Statute 790.10. Anthony was transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center without incident.    

“The safety of the children attending our schools is my absolute, number one priority,” stated Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno.  “The amazing relationship that we share with Dr. Adkins and the Lee County School District, along with the incredible work of our Youth Services Division, ensures that our schools are as safe as can be.  Dr. Adkins and I have zero-tolerance for weapons in our schools.”

Original release:

Friday, December 20th, 2019

A 6th grade student at Harns Marsh Middle School, Anthony Hernandez (DOB 4/12/07), was arrested today after being found in possession of a concealed firearm on campus.

Other students alerted school administrators that Hernandez was in possession of a firearm.  Hernandez was quickly located, removed from the classroom, and administratively searched.  The search revealed and confirmed that Hernandez had a loaded firearm in his backpack.

Detectives with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Youth Services Division assumed the investigation.    After interviewing numerous students and gathering facts, Hernandez was arrested and charged with a felony of: Possession of Firearm on School Property. 

“I’m very proud of how my team worked quickly with school officials to control this potentially dangerous situation,” stated Sheriff Carmine Marceno.  “See it, say it, make the call.  That’s what happened here, and it worked.”