Ransom Middle Sixth Grader Arrested With Loaded Gun At School

February 13, 2018

A Ransom Middle School student was arrested for bringing a loaded handgun to school Tuesday morning.

The firearm was located on the sixth grader as he exited his school bus, according to Maj. Andrew Hobbs. spokesperson for the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office. He said the school resource office was following up on an “ongoing investigation” that led him to the student  as he arrived at the school.

The student was charged with possession of a concealed weapon, brandishing a firearm or destructive device on school grounds, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription.

After being arrested, the student was transported to a Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Pensacola. The situation was deemed under control, and Ransom was not placed under lockdown.

It is not know of the child had any intent of using the gun or not; there were no injuries.

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27 Responses to “Ransom Middle Sixth Grader Arrested With Loaded Gun At School”

  1. Freda on February 16th, 2018 12:08 am

    They have metal detectors in jails courthouses and prisons but can not do the same for schools. This is normal we spend money on funding wars and keeping everyone safe except our children. I really wish more would have said why when the officials was notified the day before no-one had time to speak with this child or his parents. Like really who’s bright idea was it to wait till the next Day. Parent can’t be blamed when their was lack of communication.

  2. Yvonne D. Warthen on February 15th, 2018 6:44 pm

    Dear Mom of Child on the bus. Praying for you and your family. I know you are mortified. This too will pass. ALL of us, as adults and children have done things that could have caused great consequences. Pride and denial makes us feel better. Hold your head up and Mother on. Great things are in store for you and your child.

  3. NC on February 15th, 2018 2:24 pm

    I just really feel that the United States needs to put metal detectors in every school. I understand the money aspect but we need to find a way to try to protect these kids. There is no price on our children. Parents can’t hold their children’s hand and make them do the correct thing, ultimately the child has to utilize the tools that they hopefully have been given .

  4. mother of child on February 15th, 2018 10:34 am

    I am the mother of said child, he wasn’t gonna shot anyone or hurt anyone, he was dared to steal the gun out of our locked safe.and made the bad choice to fallow threw.the pills where his meds, that he takes on a daily basics..he knows completely that he did wrong and he will do the time for the crime.he also is truly sorry for what he did and nows he will pay for this all his life..he will not be allowed to return to ransom school.and will get all the help and treatment he needs.im sorry to everyone that this has upset, and scared.as for us the parents we have taken all precaustions of locks ,bolts,and basically made our house like fort knoxs.it was locked down now its bolted down. again im sorry…my son is sorry, and again he will serve all time and do what needs to be done to make a better future for himself.. thank you so much for all the comments as a mother I don’t blame how most of you feel. again im truly sorry and so is he.

  5. Ashton26 on February 14th, 2018 1:13 pm

    Who knows if he wanted to hurt anyone on the bus. Had something been reported already….. The bus was late and they had a substitute bus driver. I’m just saying since it happened in Beulah noone will care. As far as drugs being on the boy ransom drug tested my nephew last week. For whatever reason

  6. Gun Safety on February 14th, 2018 11:12 am

    PLEASE inform your children about the importance of gun safety everywhere. Lock your weapons up if you have no intent to use them at that very moment, especially while at home.

  7. Mangler Malachi on February 14th, 2018 9:54 am

    Now something like this (as opposed to an umbrella sighting) warrants massive a police response, no?

  8. Nc on February 14th, 2018 9:48 am

    The kid obviously didn’t want to harm anyone on the bus, however, very well could have! Had this resource officer not been tipped off it could have been a tragedy for all of us! My child is a 6th grader and I have a niece and nephew in 7th and 8th, I wanted to go get them immediately. But they have to go to school and we have to have faith that they are protected by the authorities. I have so many questions that will obviously go unanswered due to this child being a minor. All we can do is just thank God and pray for the safety of our children…. I know I met my daughter at the door yesterday and just hugged her extra tight.. This is a very emotional situation for us all.

  9. Matthew on February 14th, 2018 7:43 am

    Y’all keep talking about the gun. I’m sure that the kid got it from home or one of the many car break in out there. What I want to know what is a middle schooler doing with a controlled substance?

  10. Whisperjet on February 14th, 2018 7:38 am

    ..bottom line..this kid should never..never..be allowed near a public school , period….

  11. Irritated father on February 14th, 2018 5:24 am

    My son was on the bus when this happened, lock the kid and the parents away, my son is a 11yo 6th grader who has hunted all his life with me(his dad). And he knows the importance of gun control, but he does not spend all all day playing 1st person shooter games like all his friends. You pansy parents out there need to teach your kids properly, I grew up without videogames and my entire family has had guns in their houses all my life and I knew from a young age the importance of safety. Pull your jead out of your butts.

  12. Karen V on February 13th, 2018 9:32 pm

    Everyone is worried about the subject’s life but noone worried about the kids on the bus. As far as I’m concerned he is no different than all the other kids in jail. He could have killed my child on the bus today I don’t have any sympathy.

  13. A Mom on February 13th, 2018 9:22 pm

    We have guns everywhere in our house and you better believe if someone breaks in and comes at my kids, they know how to fire it. It’s not their fault the kid got the gun; the kid should be able to access the gun. The kid should be taught respect. Still some parents do that also and still their kid(s) goes crazy. Our society has taught our children not to respect authority or rules. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes fault does rest on the shoulders of parents also, but you guys have it all wrong. Kids can be responsible and make good decisions with firearms. He had no business taking the gun to school and he needs to be responsible for his decision to do so.

  14. Havenly on February 13th, 2018 7:16 pm

    Well said @ concerned mom

  15. Carolyn Bramblett on February 13th, 2018 6:57 pm

    Sometimes awful things happen and my heart goes out to the parents of this child. I am grateful to God and law enforcement that nothing bad happened. I hope this child’s life isn’t ruined at this young age.

  16. Mother of four plus three adopted children on February 13th, 2018 6:55 pm

    It’s hard to imagine that these things are in fact happening in our own back yard but guess what ? IT IS …….. and pointing fingers at who’s to blame isn’t going to help us at all in the future , we don’t know if it was the parents fault for lack of care on their child or firearms , heck now a days kids can get them from just about any one willing to hand one over to them for the right price , it’s crazy and you might not wanna believe it but it’s true as well !! When I was in four grade yes elementary school a boy brought a loaded gun to school and showed it to several students including my self , he was caught before their worst nightmare had ever came about
    But that was only because I spoke up and told someone had I not who knows what would have happen because none of the other kids did or said anything to anyone and that’s something else we should be teaching our children to speake up on matters like this and go tell an adult or the Authorities , because most of the time they don’t or won’t and then that’s when hell breaks loose , I will keep this child in my prayers tonight and I pray that he gets the help he needs and he doesn’t get tossed in to the system as a lost cause !!

  17. Don Neese on February 13th, 2018 5:53 pm

    By 12 yrs old my brothers and I owned our own firearms, and it was our responsabilty to keep up with them. But, we also had a Father we feared and respected more than a resource officer. Come to think of it, we didn’t have resource officers back then.
    We also didn’t play video games where we killed people all day long, The American family is a thing of the past.

    Mayberry ain’t coming back.

  18. Michelle on February 13th, 2018 5:10 pm

    @ concerned mom the parents should be responsible too as well as the child. It’s the parents responsibility to lock the gun up and the middle schooler didn’t purchase the gun. And as a parent you should know your children well enough to know if thier responsible enough to have access to your gun in case of an emergency. Not that a 6th grader needs to be home alone anyway.

  19. anne 1of2 on February 13th, 2018 5:05 pm

    Sounds like this child is desperate for attention, any attention. As a child of police officer, I was never taught to to fire a gun at any human being, sorry.

  20. chillywilly on February 13th, 2018 4:42 pm

    Who ever owns that Firearm did not secure it properly if a six grader can get there hands on it. The Owner of the firearm should be held accountable.

  21. Amy S on February 13th, 2018 3:17 pm

    My child was on this bus this morning the bus was running late this morning. The bus driver is always on time and always does a great job. But my concern is with the “on going” investigation. I really hope the school or resource officer didn’t let the subject ride the bus with a loaded gun knowing. If so I hope his parents let us know the truth about that.

  22. dolphin8421@gmail.com on February 13th, 2018 2:21 pm

    Let’s hope they also picked up his parents and escorted them to the jail!…

  23. concerned mom on February 13th, 2018 2:05 pm

    @Tracarman, why should the parents go to jail? At some point children have to be held accountable for their actions and I am sorry but a middle school age child is very aware of what is right or wrong. I am sorry but that is exactly what’s wrong with this day and age, we want to hold someone else accountable for another persons’ actions, when in fact everyone is responsible for their own action!!!!!

    I personally have taught my children how to handle a firearm and yes my firearms are locked up but I also have children that stay at home and if needed they are able to access these firearms. I pray everyday this occasion will never arise but if it does I want my children to protect themselves.

  24. Laura cook on February 13th, 2018 1:56 pm

    Thank God for the great work keeping our children safe!!! Would like to know any follow up why? how and why this kid got the gun ?

  25. Mr.Brown on February 13th, 2018 1:45 pm

    **Given any other details.

  26. Mr.Brown on February 13th, 2018 1:44 pm

    What “ongoing investigation”? Are we as parents going to be giving any other details? I called to find out what bus number it was and was told I had to call the district office. I hate to say it, but it might be time to start home schooling our children!

  27. Trocarman on February 13th, 2018 12:56 pm

    Whoever owned the firearm should go to jail, whether it be parents, or otherwise.

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