A Miramar High School senior was arrested Monday after the school principal found a rifle in a vehicle he had borrowed from his stepfather and parked on campus.
Anthony Akheeam Barrow, 19, a senior defensive tackle on the school’s football squad, was charged with carrying a weapon or destructive device within 1,000 feet of a Broward County public school.
Police said Barrow didn’t break any other laws because the gun was in plain view, didn’t have a bullet in the chamber, and belonged to his stepfather. They said Barrow informed Principal Brian Faso of the weapon after Faso made his way to the school parking lot after a commotion caught his attention; he began speaking with Barrow around 2 p.m. Monday.
“Weapons are not permitted on school campus,” said Broward Schools’ spokeswoman Nadine Drew.
The black rifle was a fully loaded, .223-caliber AR-15. It was on the floor near the back seat of the burgundy 1997 Ford Expedition that Barrow drove to school on Monday.
“There was no threat,” said Miramar Police spokeswoman Tania Rues. “He legally could have had the weapon, just not on school grounds. If he was off school grounds, this wouldn’t be an issue.”
After Barrow told Faso about the rifle, police were contacted. When police arrived, the guard pointed out the weapon on the car’s floorboard. As of late Tuesday afternoon, Barrow hadn’t paid a $1,000 bond and remained in Broward County’s main jail.
Drew said Barrow was suspended from school for 10 days and that a recommendation of expulsion is pending.