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Police: Gibbs High students had gun, drugs on campus

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Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Two 11th-grade students at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, including the son of a former St. Pete mayoral candidate, face charges after police say they brought a gun and drugs to school.

Police, responding to a tip Friday that two students brought a handgun to school, met with school administrators and began searching lockers and conducting an investigation.

Police say the person who reported the tip did not know the names of the students, but provided enough information to help officers identify them after they talked with several students and school administrators.

Zicari Deon Gibbons, 17, was detained by police in the gymnasium. School officials searched his locker – located inside of the boys' locker room – and police say they found his backpack, student identification, and a Kel-Tec 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.

The handgun was not loaded, but police say the 10-round magazine for the firearm – which contained seven rounds of ammunition – also was found inside the locker.

Gibbons is the son of Deveron Gibbons, a community activist and member of the St. Petersburg College Board of Trustees who ran for St. Petersburg mayor in 2009, finishing third in the primary.

Police say Zicari Gibbons admitted he knew about the gun in his locker, but did not make any other statements about why it was there, police say.

Zicari Gibbons faces a felony count of possession of a firearm on school property.

Zaki Tyre Starks, 16, was detained by police near his locker. School officials conducted a search of the locker, and police say they found Hydromorphone, crack cocaine and more than $1,400 in cash in the pockets of his jacket.

Starks later admitted his intent to sell the drugs at school, police say.

Both students were transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

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