School bus driver Debra Dryden spotted the gun and the suspicious-acting student on her bus and contacted her dispatcher, who alerted authorities.
Parents of children at the school were alerted of the incident.
Debra Dryden told the Tampa Bay Times that she noticed something suspicious on the bus ride to Ippolito Elementary School as the 9-year-old was sitting next to an older student, as most children prefer to sit with students their own age.
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Hillsborough County Sheriff’s spokesman Larry McKinnon told the Times that the 35-odd students on the bus were unloaded while the boy in question was kept on.
According to First Coast News, the boy’s parents were alerted and he was taken to the Hillsborough County Juvenile Center for booking. However, no charges have been filed against the boy.
“I heard the other student say something to the effect of, ‘I won’t be picking on you anymore,’” Dryden, 51, told the paper. “You can tell when they’re up to something.” She reported the strange interaction to the bus’ dispatcher, who in turn, alerted authorities.
He initially denied having the gun.