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- Nathaniel Strowbridge, 57, was arrested Wednesday at Olsen Middle School on a charge of possessing a firearm on school property
A security specialist at a Dania Beach middle school was arrested after he brought a gun to the school in his car on the first day of classes, authorities said.
Nathaniel Strowbridge, 57, was arrested Wednesday at Olsen Middle School on a charge of possessing a firearm on school property, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office arrest report.
According to the report, authorities received an anonymous tip that Strowbridge carries a firearm on campus and "they don't believe he is stable."
A deputy made contact with Strowbridge, who at first said he didn't have the weapon with him on campus, the report said. He later admitted that he had a firearm in his car that was in the school parking lot, the report said.
Deputies got a search warrant for Strowbridge's car and found the gun, a .45 caliber Taurus, on the floorboard on the passenger side, the report said.
One student said he and his classmates had to stay in their classroom for around 20 minutes.
"We were in stay-put mode and we cannot leave our classroom, or use the bathroom or anything," Travaris Jones said.
Strowbridge was booked into jail, where he remained on $10,000 bond Thursday, records showed. Attorney information wasn't available.
Strowbridge has worked as a security specialist at the school since 1997, according to Broward County Public Schools officials. He previously was a security specialist at Coconut Creek High School.
School officials said he has been reassigned to home pending the termination process.