Box of loaded guns found on school campus in Parkland Fla- they were left by school principal!

With the nation on edge following last week’s bloody slaughter of 19 young children and their teachers at a Texas elementary school, authorities in Parkland, Florida were given a scare when a box with loaded guns was discovered on a local school campus but fortunately, they were determined to belong to the school’s principal.

The box which contained two firearms was found on Thursday at Somerset Academy which is near Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, the scene of the 2018 mass shooting carried out by a former student who murdered 17 people in another one of the inexplicable rampages that underscore the nation’s growing mental health crisis.

A school resource officer for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office secured the guns which, after an investigation, were found to belong to Geyler Castro, the charter school’s principal, and were inadvertently taken onto the premises.

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According to a report by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, “The school’s governing agency said in a statement Friday that the two guns were in a closed box that was unloaded at the school, along with other items, for the principal. The box with the guns was unintentionally unloaded at the school, the statement said.”

“The box was put in a locked room that students and teachers could not access, but someone still found it. School staff ‘were unaware of the contents of the closed box,’ according to the statement, and no students were in danger,” the outlet reported. “‘The School Resource Officer was immediately notified. The officer secured the area and called police. BSO Parkland police investigated the matter and determined there was no threat,’ the statement said.”

“No one intended to bring a weapon into the building. The box was among many items brought into the locked room from the principal’s vehicle,” the Sun Sentinel reported.

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our students, staff, and school community,” the statement said, according to local outlet WPLG, telling families that the school  “strives to maintain open lines of communication.”

“Possessing firearms on school property is a felony in Florida, according to Florida Statute 790. However, according to the statute, “a person may carry a firearm in a vehicle pursuant to s. 790.25(5); except that school districts may adopt written and published policies that waive the exception in this subparagraph for purposes of student and campus parking privileges.” Firearms may not be taken out of the vehicle or into a school building,” WPLG reported.

Miami’s 7 News asked parents of children who attended the school if they were alerted about the guns found on the campus.

“I mean I didn’t hear anything,” said parent Jincy Mathews.

Matthews was shocked when told that the guns belonged to the school’s principal, “What the heck?” she said. “Oh, my God.”

“It’s scary. What you’re telling me is scary,” Mathews said.

The State Attorney has not yet determined whether Castro will be charged; no students came into contact with the loaded guns.

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