Two Students Arrested After Gun Found at High School in Homestead

A gun found on campus at a Homestead area high school has landed two students under arrest and facing felony charges.

Miami-Dade Public Schools police confirmed that students James Edward Martin, 18, and Lionel Jean-Pierre, 19, were arrested at South Dade High School after they were seen earlier in the day with a gun that was later found located in a trash can.

Miami-Dade School Board officials say it all began when an employee at the school discovered an unspent bullet on the ground in his classroom.

Miami-Dade Schools police were alerted and swiftly stepped in. After searching the campus, they found an unloaded gun inside a jacket that had been tossed into a trashcan. As officers investigated, it was discovered that the students were in possession of the weapon earlier Thursday.

Officials say it was an isolated incident but students described their alarm. One students witnessed it all go down in his classroom.

"My teacher found a bullet on the floor and he called the security," said student Christian Montalvo. "They came, they searched the room and the searched the bags and they found the gun in the jacket and the person and they escorted him out."

Both students are charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds and accessory after the fact.

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