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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Authorities detained four students at a Miami Gardens high school after reports of a gun at the school Tuesday morning.
Chopper4 was over Miami Norland Senior High School, located at 1193 NW 193rd Street, around 11 a.m.
Officers were at the high school and could be seen walking around with K9 units.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said authorities were alerted because of a tip to the “see something, say something” program.
When officers searched, they found a gun inside a car parked on school property.
But some students and parents are concerned, as it’s not known if this weapon was loaded or not.
“Just safety. It’s scary. Anything can happen,” said 10th grader Genoa Saunders.
“It’s just really sad. I don’t know why kids would do this, bringing guns to this environment. I just want it to stop. I don’t anyone to get hurt,” another 10th grader, Bethany Jean Louis, said.
The school was placed on lockdown until the weapon was found.
“What concerns me is why you would bring a gun to such a public place knowing you are going to get caught,” Javon Orr, a 9th grader, said.
Four Norland students were arrested last year for possessing a loaded firearm on school grounds.
“This school needs to be more secure. We need to check out the kids coming to school,” said 10th grader Tavares Rivers.
Rivers’ mother is alarmed.
“I really feel terrible. You never know what a child could have done today. He could have shot up all his friends or something or someone else’s kid so I am really terrified about that,” Paula Rolle said.
Rolle wants some answers.
“I would like to know who brought the gun to school because of all of that. I don’t understand,” she said. “They need to arrest the person with the gun, the child who had that gun.”
The weapon was confiscated after the students were taken away for questioning.
A man could be seen led away and put into an officer’s car at around 11:30 a.m.
An MDCPS spokesperson said the four male students arrested are being charged with possession of a firearm by a minor and possession of a firearm on school property.