Student arrested after gun found in backpack at Miami Northwestern High School

MIAMI (WSVN) - A student has been arrested after he was accused of bringing a handgun to Miami Northwestern Senior High School, Wednesday.

That student, identified as 18-year-old Kemard Jacques, was arrested and went before a judge Thursday.

“You want house arrest? Because that’s the best you’re getting today,” said Judge Mindy Glazer.

On Wednesday, school officials were notified by a student that another student was in possession of a firearm inside the school.

Jacques was taken to the main office, where a search was conducted by the administration. A search of his book bag revealed a black Beretta 9 mm handgun, loaded with 15 rounds plus one in the chamber.

“Where are these kids getting these guns from?” said grandmother Rita Soufrant. “It’s really dangerous. It’s really getting out of order.”

Jacques was taken into custody and transported to Miami-Dade headquarters where he was interviewed.

A routine record check was conducted of the firearm, and it was determined to be stolen. The firearm was impounded by police.

Jacques faced a judge Thursday and faces charges for having a gun on school grounds and grand theft of a firearm.

“Maybe the students know, but the parents should have known. Something should have come in the mail, you know, a flier or something,” Soufrant said.

Parents at the school said they had no idea that the events even transpired. “I was shocked. I was very shocked. Now I’m gonna start picking up my granddaughter and my little niece. This is really, really ridiculous,” said grandparent Mae Fright.

Miami-Dade Schools released a statement in response to the incident which reads, “M-DCPS has systems in place to ensure potential threats to the safety and security of our students and staff are handled swiftly. This is a great example of how the quick-thinking actions of alert individuals can avert possibly tragic situations.”

While some parents are asking for answers, others said they are thankful no one was hurt.

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