Enhanced security at Mandarin Middle, Atlantic Coast High after 3 teens accused of stealing guns from home

Duval County Public Schools sent a message to families of students at Mandarin Middle School and Atlantic Coast High School, announcing additional security on Wednesday.

The message said the additional security will be in place because law enforcement are looking for three teens suspected of stealing guns from a home. The three are believed to be students at Mandarin Middle and Atlantic Coast High.

“Because of this situation and in an abundance of caution, we will have additional officers at these schools,” the message explained. “Atlantic Coast will use its Evolve weapons detection system and Mandarin will use its metal detectors to screen all students at in-take.”

The message said any new information would be communicated to parents.

“We appreciate your patience and understanding as we implement these procedures,” the message said.

News4JAX asked the district when it learned about the threat and whether any other actions were being taken, but a spokesperson declined to elaborate further.

News4JAX is working to find more information about the incident involving the teens allegedly taking the guns.

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