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Pasco high school gets added security during dismissal

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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 09:02 AM

A report that a teenage runaway had a gun led to extra security at Sunlake High School's dismissal Friday afternoon, but the move was purely a precaution and there were never any threats to the school, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office reported.

Doug Tobin, a sheriff's spokesman, said two Sunlake students are believed to have run away from home, and shortly after noon Friday the sheriff's office learned from a relative that one of the teenagers had taken a gun.

"The firearm belongs to one of the boys' parents," Tobin said.

Even though there was no indication the two planned to go to the school, the sheriff's office sent extra deputies there and the school district had a "high-supervision release" at the end of the school day, Tobin said.

He described law enforcement's reaction as an "overabundance of caution" in light of last month's shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut.

"We don't believe they (the runaways) are threatening anyone," Tobin said.

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