Crime

Key West student arrested for stun gun on campus, faces expulsion

A student at the Key West Collegiate Academy charter school at Florida Keys Community College was arrested on campus Wednesday on a weapon charge.

The student, 16, reportedly was seen with a stun gun in a hallway and school officials called the Key West Police Department. The state Department of Juvenile Justice was notified. She is charged with having a weapon on a campus.

The Vipertek stun gun can reportedly deliver 25 million volts of electricity. The student reportedly told police she has it because she lives downtown. The college is a couple miles away on College Road on Stock Island.

Monroe County School District Superintendent Mark Porter said she has been suspended pending expulsion, which is a longer process.

Some see the academy as alternative education but Principal Cory Oliver says that's not so.

"We focus on academics and character and sometimes that requires some difficult lessons," he wrote in an e-mail. "A young person made a poor decision and these actions required real consequences."

A charter school is an independently run public school granted greater flexibility in its operations than other schools but still answerable to the School Board. The Keys have six charter schools.

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