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Police: 14-year-old arrested for bringing BB gun to school

BB gun with CO2 and BBs (Hustvedt/WikiCommons)

A 14-year-old student was arrested last Friday after it was discovered that he had brought a C02-powered BB gun to school at the REAL Academy.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Guerrier Cajuste after he admitted he brought the gun to school because he was afraid of being bullied.

The assistant principal and school guardian responded to a tip that Cajuste was in possession of a firearm in his backpack.

A silver and tan gun was found after the assistant principal searched the bag.

Deputies inspected the gun and noted it was actually an “XCP” model, C02-powered BB gun.

During the investigation, seven different Polk County Public Schools students provided written statements that Cajuste was riding a school bus Friday morning and had made verbal statements that he had a gun in his fanny pack and would shoot people if the other students on the bus didn’t stop messing with him.

After obtaining a written consent to search, deputies also searched his cellphone. During the phone search, deputies found over 10 images relating to a criminal street gang known as the “Bloods.”

On his Facebook page, deputies found numerous images and videos of gang paraphernalia, including bandanas, hand signs and slogans such as “Bloods fly Crips die,” according to reports.

Cajuste denied any gang involvement, telling deputies his older brother had saved several of the images on his phone.

The 14-year-old was arrested on felony charges of weapon possession and carrying a concealed weapon.


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