Buchholz High briefly locked down after gun report

Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 1:44 p.m.

Buchholz High School was under a lockdown for a time on Thursday because an unidentified juvenile was reportedly seen in the area and was thought to be armed, officials said.

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 11 a.m. of a male carrying an assault rifle in the 2700 block of NW 51st Street, not far from the high school, according to sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey.

Numerous deputies responded and set up a perimeter and the school was locked down, he said. Deputies soon found a 14-year-old boy wearing camouflage clothing and carrying a paintball gun.

The teen told deputies that he is a student at a military school in Georgia. He was not arrested, Forgey said, and deputies talked to him about being more aware about wearing military style clothing and carrying a weapon near a school.

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search of the campus of the school at 5510 NW 27th Ave. before the lockdown was lifted around noon.

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