A 12-year-old is charged with bringing a weapon on school grounds.
The Parker Police Department says this morning around 7:15 a.m., administrators at Parker Elementary School called them regarding a student with a gun.
The boy was detained in the principal's office, but left the office before police arrived.
Officers said that he fired the weapon, an "Air Soft" pistol replica that fires pellets, multiple times outside.
"It looked just like a real gun," said Mike Jones, Chief of Safety and Security. "Until I saw the barrel on the end of the barrel was orange, it was then I knew it was an air soft gun.
"But, before that, when it was in the waist band of the officer that confiscated the weapon, it looked just like a real weapon."
"Heaven forbid that he'd have been in possession of it or an officer saw him retrieving it from his waist band only to see a side view," said Chief Charles Sweat of Parker Police. "If they weren't being able to see a frontal view it could have been a very tragic situation."
The pre-teen is charged with trespassing on school property with a weapon, a felony charge. He was booked into the Bay County Jail and turned over to juvenile authorities.
Parker Police say he is not a Parker Elementary student, but was there with his brother who attends the school.