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How Even Juveniles Are Possessing Weapons

1According to the Palm Beach Post, two Royal Palm Beach High students were caught skipping school with backpacks containing loaded guns and ammunition. A deputy stopped the two juveniles at the 7-Eleven near Okeechobee Boulevard and State Road 7. They found a loaded black revolver, bullets, and two knives in one backpack, and a loaded 9mm handgun in the other.

According to the police report, the teens told deputies that they were gang members and had the guns to protect themselves from other gangs. They also said they had the guns on campus and had just left.

Royal Palm Beach Councilman David Swift said the incident has left him with serious questions about safety. Swift was one of the first officials to raise concerns about safety and the image of the school last year. At a council meeting he brought up the school’s 2008-09 number of reported incidents ofcrime and violence, which was the second highest of any high school in the county, behind Pahokee Middle-Senior High.

Village resident Jessica O’Keefe, who has a kindergarten-age daughter, said under no circumstances will she send her child to Royal Palm Beach High.

“They get exposed to too much stuff children should not get exposed to,” O’Keefe said.

Weapons Possession

If you have been arrested for possessing weapons of any kind, you need to understand the seriousness of your situation. Only an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you get the best results from your case and avoid serious consequences. In Florida, many weapons charges can be subject to a minimum prison sentence of three years.

Also, even if you don’t serve time in prison, the weapons charges can have an extremely negative impact on your life in general. If you have these charges following you around on your criminal record, you will bear a serious burden. Have a criminal defense lawyer help you get a second chance at life.

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