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Police arrested two students at Mt. Dora High School on Wednesday after finding a gun. (Mt. Dora police)
Police arrested two students at Mt. Dora High School on Wednesday after finding a gun. (Mt. Dora police)

The Mount Dora Police Department arrested a third student it said was involved in bringing a handgun to Mount Dora High School, department spokeswoman Misty Sommer said.

Timothy Newbold III, 18, was arrested Thursday morning at the school on a charge of possession of a firearm on school property, an affidavit said. Newbold is a senior at the school.

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Two other students, a 17-year-old freshman and a 16-year-old sophomore, were arrested Wednesday after an officer found the gun tucked into a student’s waistband on campus. The Orlando Sentinel is not naming the boys because of their age.

A school official found the three students playing with a chrome .25 caliber ACP handgun in a school bathroom after students reported hearing what sounded like a gun clicking or being racked, an affidavit said.

School security footage showed two students and Newbold sitting in the bleachers in the school gym passing the gun between them before a student hid it in his pants and the students walked into the bathroom, according to the affidavit.

The Mount Dora Police Department credited the student who reported the gun with helping keep the school safe.

“We encourage all students and faculty to report any suspicions involving weapons on school grounds immediately, so they may be dealt with in the same expeditious manner,” the department wrote in a statement.

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