Haines City Press Release
HAINES CITY- This morning, Officer Nathaniel Moya and Officer Monica Lozano, the School Resource Officers at Haines City High School, received a tip regarding a student with a handgun in his vehicle. Officers Moya and Lozano immediately went to the student parking lot and confronted the student at the vehicle. The officers were able to recover a 9mm Taurus semi-automatic handgun from the vehicle. The student was placed under arrest for Possession of a Firearm on a School Campus and Unlawful Carry of a Firearm by a person under 18 years of age.
Based on recent events regarding school-related shootings, our School Resource Officers are more vigilant in their day-to-day interactions with students and social media posts in an attempt to thwart any possible incidents in our schools. We will still encourage students, parents, guardians, and school personnel to notify the Police Department of any written threats, verbal threats, and possession of any weapons that they are made aware, of that, could possibly harm any of the students or faculty in our schools.
We want to thank the tipster for providing this information today, as the quick actions of our officers, possibly prevented a dangerous situation at the Haines City High School.
Attribute statements to Deputy Police Chief Jay Hopwood.