Parent arrested after third grade student brings gun to Hartsfield Elementary

Posted at 8:50 AM, Feb 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-15 09:43:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A parent is facing child neglect charges after his child brought an unloaded pellet gun to Hartsfield Elementary School.

Tyrone Williams has been charged with child neglect and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to court documents, the Leon County Sheriff's Office was called out to Hartsfield Elementary School on Feb. 1. 

The assistant principal told deputies that a third grade student brought a pellet gun on the bus and was showing it to other students. She said that the gun was passed around while on the bus and in a restroom.

Other students at the school noticed the gun as well and alerted administrators, who then contacted deputies. Upon their arrival, deputies found and seized the unloaded gun.

When they spoke with the child, he told deputies that he had seen his older brother get the gun out a drawer before.

Investigators followed up on the incident and spoke with the child's father, Williams. 

Williams told deputies that the gun belonged to his ex-wife who moved out approximately two years ago. He said that he thought she took it with her and did not know the gun was in the house. 

When asked if he had been convicted of any crimes, Williams told deputies he was convicted for cocaine possession a number of years ago.

A check confirmed that Williams was a convicted felon and therefore not allowed to be in possession of a firearm.

As a result of an investigation, a warrant for Williams' arrest was issued on Feb. 8. LCSO called in the U.S. Marshal Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force to capture Williams.

He was apprehended on Valentine's Day and, as of Thursday, remains in the Leon County Detention Facility on a $7,500 bond.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -  A third grade student is facing disciplinary actions after bringing an unloaded gun to Hartsfield Elementary School.

School officials say a young student brought in an unloaded gun Thursday morning.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office says other students at the school noticed the gun and alerted administrators, who then contacted deputies. Upon their arrival, deputies found and seized an unloaded gun.

Deputies say the gun was not stolen and was registered to an owner. 

LCSO has been working with the state attorney's office in this investigation. The student who brought it, a third grader at Hartsfield, is facing potential disciplinary actions with the LCS, but no charges will be filed at this time.

Deputies believe this was an isolated incident and there is no immediate threat to the community.

Dr. Rhonda Blackwell-Flanagan, who is the principal at Hartsfield Elementary, sent out the following email to parents on Thursday via Leon County School's Listserv:

Parents and/or guardians:
I want to make you aware of a situation that occurred this morning. Do to the seriousness of this particular incident I wanted to communicate with you at a high level. A young student of ours was found to have brought an unloaded weapon to school. Law enforcement was immediately notified and the situation was quickly handled. The student will face discipline in accordance with our student code of conduct.
The safety of our students will always be our top priority. If you have any additionally questions, please contact me at (850) 488 -7322 or
Principal Flanagan