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Armwood High School locked down after fight

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SEFFNER (FOX 13) - A day-long lockdown at Armwood High School in Seffner was lifted at around 3 p.m. Wednesday after investigators found weapons in a student's schoolbag.

It started at a little before 9:00 a.m. when a student told school staff a classmate had threatened him.

Administrators confronted the accused student, a 16-year-old freshman, and searched his bag, finding a knife and a lot of ammunition.

"He had more than two dozen bullets, which is a large amount of ammunition for anybody to have. To have that amount of ammunition and not have a firearm would be unusual," said Col. Jim Previtera, with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

45 deputies converged on the school and spent about five hours searching the campus for a gun, but never found one.

"The reason we dispatched so many deputies out here from all of our patrol districts was to, first of all, make sure we had the campus secure and to expedite the search process because this is a large campus," said Previtera.

Steve Hegarty, a spokesperson for Hillsborough County Schools, said school staff alerted parents shortly after the school went on lockdown.

"Sad to say we have some experience with this sort of thing but we're doing it as quickly as efficiently as we can," he said, adding students weren't able to move throughout the building during the weapon search. "The whole point of the lockdown is that everybody stays put because if you're looking for a weapon or anything else we don't want kids moving around too much where somebody might be able to get you."

Several parents arrived at the school surprised to find the heavy law enforcement presence.

"My son is scared. He doesn't know what's going on," said Viviana Alvarado, who received a text message about the lockdown from her son. "He just said, 'I don't know what's going on, we're on lockdown, look at the news.'"

"It's scary because this is not the first time this has happened with knives and guns," added Shirlana Ramirez, whose daughter missed an appointment at the dentist because she couldn't leave school. "It's kind of disturbing for our kids too because they come home every day, and they're distraught and they can't go to school and feel like there's a threat at school and it's just, my daughter don't even want to go to school nowadays."

The student responsible for the lockdown is facing felony charges. Authorities said he has previously been in trouble with the law but didn't go into details because of his age.

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