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The bus driver immediately notified the school's principle of the situation and the principle contacted Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
A 9-year-old Ippolito Elementary School student was arrested after a Hillsborough County school bus driver witnessed the student putting a gun in his front pants pocket while on a Hillsborough County School bus.
On November 6, 2013, at approximately 8:15 a.m., a Hillsborough County School bus loaded with students, was en-route to Ippolito Elementary School located at 6874 S. Falkenburg Road, in Riverview when the bus driver's attention was drawn to two students after she overheard one of the students make comment that sounded unusual.
When the bus driver focused closer on the two students, she noticed one of the students putting a small handgun in the front pocket of his pants. The bus driver immediately notified the school's principle of the situation and the principle contacted Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were waiting at the school when the bus arrived and all of the students were safely removed from the bus.
Deputies searched the 9-year-old and found a loaded two shot .22 cal Derringer in his front pants pocket. The 9-year-old was arrested and taken to the Hillsborough County Juvenile Assessment Center.
Deputies met with the student's parents, who indicated that their son took the gun from home without their knowledge. At this time no one else has been charged with any criminal offense as the investigation continues.