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Flagler County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday March 29th, 2011 :: 12:18 p.m. EDT


Palm Coast Middle School student faces felony charges

Flagler County Student Charged with Bringing Gun to Campus

Flagler County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating how a 13-year-old Indian Trails Middle School student obtained a gun which he brought to an after-school activity Thursday.

Travis Williams, 15 Bud Hollow Drive, Palm Coast, was charged with two felonies: Possession of a concealed weapon on a school campus and possession of a concealed weapon. The charges were filed by Sheriff’s School Resource Deputy Ralph Lilavois.

The report filed in the incident stated that the school principal received a call from an unnamed parent around 3:15 p.m. The parent stated that Williams had pulled a gun from his backpack and had shown it to other students in the Indian Trails Sports Complex.

Deputy Lilavois made contact with Williams near the school gym where the teenager planned to practice with the school basketball team. Lilavois said the student had received a three-day suspension from school on Tuesday for disruptive behavior. The suspension included suspension from the basketball practice, so he should not have been at the school, according to the deputy.

Williams initially denied having a weapon. An anonymous student told the deputy that Williams’ book bag was in the woodline in the back of the school. Williams eventually took deputies to the woods where the book bag and weapon were located. The .40-caliber gun was empty, but a loaded magazine was found next to the gun.

“We are grateful that an alert parent contacted the school officials and we were able to intercede before this incident turned into something far worse,” said Flagler County Sheriff Donald W. Fleming.

Deputies reported Williams said that he had an argument with another student and that student threatened to fight him at the park Thursday. The teenager would not tell deputies where he obtained the gun. The recovered firearm had not been reported stolen. Williams’ mother told deputies there were no firearms kept in their home.

Flagler County Sheriff's Office
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Bunnell, FL 32110

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