A 15-year-old Crestview High School student has been charged with possession of a firearm on school property, a third degree felony.
Christian Wuerth of 411 Bobby Drive in Crestview was taken into custody shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday after a school resource officer removed him from his classroom.
Investigators say a student called in a tip to Student Crime Stoppers and a teacher also got information about the weapon from a student. School Resource Officers Cyndy Otto and Tom Henry immediately went to the classroom, got the student out, had him stand against the wall, and handcuffed him.
The student admitted he had something on him that he shouldn’t. The officers secured the weapon, a loaded 40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun. They say the student told them he’d taken the gun from his grandparent’s home without their knowledge.
Lt. Claudia Finn, Assistant Director of School Support for the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, said, “The officers did an excellent job. They responded immediately, verified the information, and took action to ensure everyone’s safety. No one was harmed. I also want to praise the teachers for their rapid response as well as those students who relayed this critical information to the Student Crime Stoppers tip line or to their teachers at the school.”
Two students at the Fort Walton Beach Common Campus also face felony charges in connection with having a firearm on school grounds.
Fourteen-year old Victor Christopher Sams of Fort Walton Beach and 15-year-old Brandon James Brock are charged with possession of a firearm on school property.
Deputies say Sams and Brock had an unloaded .380 caliber handgun on campus Monday, February 5. Sams says he brought it to school and gave it to Brock. The boys say they had no intentions of using the gun to threaten or scare anyone; they were just trying to show off.
Other students had informed school administrators about the weapon.