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Gun on teen at Port St. Lucie High School stolen, new charges filed

Tavaress Smith, 17, is accused of bringing a stolen gun to Port St. Lucie High School. (PSLPD)

A teen in port St. Lucie is facing new charges after investigators learned the gun he's accused of bringing to school was stolen.

School is back in session Friday morning in Port St. Lucie after a gun, ammunition and “items of concern, were seized from a student Thursday.

On Friday, police charged 17-year-old Tavaress Lashun Smith Jr., with an additional charge of grand theft of a firearm.

CBS12’S Rosie Woods spoke to students as they headed back on campus Friday morning. Jordan Braden, a ninth grader at the school, told her they are not too concerned about their own safety.

“They are not afraid that anything like that will happen again, but you know, you never know. Honestly, because, stuff like that happens a lot now,” Braden said.

This investigation began when school officials became aware of a possible armed student, according to police. A Port St. Lucie Police Department School Resource Officer was contacted and made aware of the situation.

Later, Smith was found with a 9 mm Taurus handgun, a magazine containing 12 rounds, another magazine containing 1 round, 57 loose rounds of ammunition, a silver necklace, a gold necklace, 49 pieces of prop movie money in $100 bills and a Taser inside his school backpack.

Smith was then taken into custody and all of the items found in his possession were seized, police said. Smith told detectives he knew about the gun, but he didn’t know it was in his backpack.

He was transported to the St. Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center, where students said they hope he remains.

“I have no reason to be afraid as long as he’s in custody but if it does get to that point, to where I am afraid, I’m pretty sure I will let the school know or my parents known,” Braden told us.


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