OPA LOCKA (CBSMiami) — An 18-year old student accused of bringing a gun to an Opa Locka school has been denied bond.
The father of student Jalen Bradley, Everett Bradley, told a judge his son is bipolar and needs counseling.READ MORE: CBS4 Investigates: Smugglers Trying To Cash In On COVID Pandemic
Jalen Bradley allegedly confessed he planned to shoot two security monitors at Jan Mann Opportunity School, saying he stole the firearm from a woman who was parked outside a Winn Dixie supermarket.
However, Bradley doesn’t believe his son would have ever used the gun he brought to school.
It’s hard being dad. I have been through the system. I know he’s a good kid but he needs help. My kid has been messed up all his life,” said the boys’ father, Everett Bradley. “The hope I have is that he receives the help he needs. He’s bipolar. He’s on medication. He’s been baker acted at school.”
Miami-Dade Schools Police Chief Ian Moffett said a tip paid off about the 18-year-old accused of bringing a gun to Jan Mann Opportunity School on Wednesday.
A new report revealed Jalen Bradley had a firearm in his waistband and tried to run away when confronted by police. It’s reported he even attempted to grab a schools police officer’s weapon.READ MORE: ‘Lived Her Life Fiercely’: Hundreds Gather At Miami Dade College For Wake Remembering Congresswoman Carrie Meek
“Jan Mann, what type of school is that?” asked CBS4’s Peter D’Oench on Thursday.
“It’s an opportunity school. That’s what they put him at,” said Everett Bradley.
The school’s website sid Jan Mann Opportunity School caters to disruptive, disinterested and truant 6th through 12th graders.
Jalen Bradley was supposed to be in court for a hearing on Thursday, but it was rescheduled for Friday because he was allegedly “disruptive with officers at the jail.”
He is charged with attempted murder and battery on a schools police officer.
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