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Key West teenager caught with a gun on campus is no longer a student

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A 16-year-old Key West High School student who brought a loaded handgun to school on April 12 has been expelled as he faces mounting felony charges.

The Monroe County School Board this week unanimously voted to expel the boy, who police have not named because of his age.

The boy has been charged with grand theft and armed burglary after police said he admitted to stealing the gun from a vehicle on Summerland Key and bringing it to school with plans to sell it to another student for $500. A student reported that he saw the boy inside a restroom with the handgun, a Walther .380-caliber.

“It was never brought in with the intent to do harm, but it still created a very dangerous and very hazardous situation,” Superintendent Mark Porter told the board before Tuesday’s 4-0 vote, which came without discussion due to confidentiality concerns.

Walther’s marketing materials describe the gun as both easy to operate and to conceal. “Its small grip is ideal for shooters with small hands,” its website says. “The slide is easy to operate, making it a good choice for women. The light weight goes unnoticed in a pocket or purse.”

Monroe State Attorney Dennis Ward’s office has charged the teen, who was arrested April 12 and placed into custody, with armed burglary and grand theft. He was arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

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