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Teenager Arrested for Bringing Firearm onto Campus

For Immediate Release : Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
Release Number: 24-102



Teenager Arrested for Bringing Firearm onto Campus

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has arrested a student at Davidsen Middle School for bringing a weapon and ammunition on campus.

On Friday, May 10 , 2024, at 1 p.m., a School Resource Deputy and school administration at Davidsen Middle School were notified that Ethan Santana De Jesus, 14, had a firearm in his backpack.

A search of the student's backpack revealed a 9mm Glock 45 handgun, 24 round extended magazine, and nine bullets (within the magazine).

The weapon was determined to be stolen from a vehicle burglary case from 2021 in the Brandon area.

"There is never an excuse to bring a weapon to school. School is a place where kids should feel safe and protected," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "My message to this teenager is clear: you made a serious mistake. We will hold you accountable. Thankfully, no one was injured, but this could have ended in tragedy had deputies not arrived when they did."

Ethan Santana De Jesus has been charged with:

  • Possession of a Firearm on School Property

  • Minor in Possession of a Firearm

This is an active investigation; any updates will come from the Public Affairs Office.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office commends the students who came forward to prevent a possible tragedy.

A booking photo for Santana de Jesus will be provided when his booking process is finished.