Gun found in car at Englewood High School; teen arrested
Updated On: Feb 06 2013 11:01:00 AM EST
An 18-year-old man was arrested after a school resource officer at Englewood High School found a gun in a car in the visitor's parking lot Tuesday morning about the time school was starting, according to the Duval County School District.
Tamolis Clark (pictured, below) was booked into the Duval County jail on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm on school property, possession of a weapon on school property and trespassing with a firearm on school property. At a first appearance before a judge Wednesday morning, Clark was ordered held without bond.
School officials say Clark is not a student of the school.
According to a letter sent home to parents and guardians from school Principal Corey Wright, at about 7:20 a.m., the officer noticed students going to and from a parked car in the visitors parking lot.
"The officer approached the vehicle to investigate, and in doing so determined that the driver had a firearm in his possession," the letter reads.
DOCUMENT: Letter sent home from school
According to a police report, the officer saw a .22 caliber pistol under Clark's legs on the floorboard. The gun was loaded, according to the report. A knife and other gun rounds were also found under the driver's seat, and a black skull cap and black gloves were found in the back seat, according to the report.
The officer also said a strong smell of marijuana was coming from the car.
Police were immediately contacted, and the suspect was apprehended without incident, according to the letter.
According to the police report, Clark (pictured, left, in court Wednesday morning) said he was going to pick up a friend from the school and go eat breakfast. Clark then told police he has issues with a couple of students at the school and that a couple of students want to fight him.
Clark told police he always carries a gun and knife on him. He said he got the gun from his grandfather.
A witness told police she was going to fight someone over two music groups, one of which Clark was a part of, and Clark was going to record the fight. She said Clark told her he was going to bring his gun to school to resolve an issue had with a student according to the report.
"This incident continues to remind us about the importance of school and student safety," Wright wrote. "Thanks to the current security measures in place, and the quick actions of those assigned to securing the parking area, the situation was quickly addressed."
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