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Backpacks banned at Manatee County Schools after teen arrested with loaded gun

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BRADENTON, FL (WWSB) - Manatee County School officials have announced a ban on all backpacks at county middle and high schools after a high school resource deputy discovered a loaded handgun in a teen's waistband Tuesday morning.

The Manatee County Sheriff's office says at 11:45 a.m., school resource deputies at Bayshore High School in Bradenton were alerted by students and school staff that a 10th-grade student may be armed with a firearm. 

MCSO says that school deputies quickly located the 16-year-old in question and discovered the loaded handgun.

The young student was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on school grounds, carrying a concealed firearm and possession of a firearm by a juvenile. Deputies say the teen was transported to the juvenile booking facility.

In response to this incident and others like it following the shooting in Parkland, FL at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, The Manatee County School board made the decision to ban backpacks.

The ban goes into effect for Bayshore students immediately, with the rest of the county middle and high schools following suit on Thursday.    

Officials tell ABC7 that before today's meeting the backpack ban was already going to take place on Thursday, but was moved up one day in response to the incident at Bayshore. 

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