TAMPA (FOX 13) - A Plant High School student faces charges for bringing a firearm on campus after police -- investigating an unrelated "vague" threat -- found hunting weapons in his vehicle.
The South Tampa school was put into a modified lockdown this morning while police investigated a possible threat. During that time, a student arrived for school but could not get inside because of the lockdown.
Officers approached the student, who was waiting in his vehicle, and discovered hunting weapons, according to a schools spokesperson who did not provide any more specifics.
The school was later taken off lockdown after nothing else suspicious was found.
Stratton Patterson, though, was charged with two counts of possession of a firearm on school property.
His attorney admitted the 18-year-old made a mistake.
"He is in fact a hunter and it was an honest mistake. He simply forgot to remove the weapon after returning from a prior hunting excursion," a statement from Barry Taracks said. "He is a great kid with no prior criminal history and is shocked to find himself in such a predicament."