PCSO: Palatka High senior brings Taser to school

Sheriff’s office report says student brought hand-held stun gun ‘for personal protection’

An 18-year-old Palatka High School senior was arrested and charged Thursday with possession of a weapon after authorities said she brought a hand-held stun gun to school.

A Putnam County Sheriff’s Office report said Capresha King was in the school gym with other students when Dean of Students Darrell Polite said he heard a Taser sound and saw several students move away from the suspect.

School officials said they gathered the group of students to a private section of the gym and asked if they had something they shouldn’t, the report said.

The suspect told school officials she had “it,” and the other students weren’t involved, the report said.

School resource officer Diamond Lewis said he reviewed security footage and saw the suspect pull something from her bag that “lit up” and several students move away, the report said.

Lewis said the suspect handed a school official a purple hand-held Taser, the report said.

Dean Aaron Gieselman said the suspect told him the stun gun was for “personal protection from people wanting to harm her,” the report said.

King was arrested and taken to the Putnam County Jail. She was released on $2,500 bond.

Capt. Joe Wells said King was cooperative in the incident, but “she did bring a weapon on a school campus.”

“If you never make your own mistakes, you’ll never really learn from them,” King said in her senior quote in the yearbook.