Two students face felony charges for having a gun on a high school campus

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Bay County Sheriff's Office arrested two teenagers in connection to a gun on a high school campus.

Seth Eckman, 16 and Jared Anderson, 15, are facing felony charges after Anderson allegedly sold Eckman a gun.

Deputies said they were told on Sunday about Eckman, a student at Arnold High School, who allegedly posted a picture of himself on Snapchat with a gun in his backpack at school. They said Eckman threatened another student who had embarrassed him in class.

Deputies contacted Eckman Monday. Eckman reportedly told deputies he bought the gun from Anderson, another Arnold High School student.

Investigators found the gun where Eckman allegedly hid it. The gun was reportedly stolen from Alabama.

Eckman is charged with possession of a firearm on school property and dealing ins stolen property, both felonies.

Anderson was arrested Tuesday and is charged with possession of a firearm on school property and sale of a firearm to a minor, both felonies.

Arnold High Principal Keith Bland says the administration is recommending both students for expulsion.

Bland says he is not aware of any specific plot the student may have had in mind.

Superintendent for Bay District Schools, Bill Husfelt, says officials didn't know about the incident until someone came forward.

"We always are thankful when students come forward, no one wants a gun on campus at any time, unless it's a law-enforcement officer and we're gonna keep throwing the book at them," Husfelt said.

"It's a safe community," Bland says of the school campus. "But we all have a responsibility to ensure this continues to be a safe place, that if they see something or hear something, that they notify people."