Education

Police report on Washington High incident

February 8, 2017

Inweekly has received a redacted copy of the arrest report of William David Caldwell, age 16.

According to the report, a female student at Booker T. Washington High School brought the gun to the attention of Administrative Dean George Schellang yesterday morning.

She said that last Friday a male student (whose name has been redacted from the report) told her that he was going to shoot himself during lunch. He opened his backpack and showed her the gun.

A fellow student William Caldwell took the gun away from him. When the school resource officer and dean confronted Caldwell on Tuesday, Feb. 7, Caldwell said he had the gun in his backpack

He showed the officer a black and silver semi-automatic handgun, with a loaded magazine.

Caldwell said he had taken the gun away on Friday, took it home and brought the firearm on campus Tuesday to give it back to his classmate.

When officers questioned the classmate, he said that he only intended to use the gun on himself and not shoot anyone else. The boy was placed under a Baker Act.

Caldwell was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm on school property, a third degree felony.

Read William Caldwell arrest report

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  • Greg February 9, 2017 at 8:21 am

    To some degree I agree with Eliza on this one. I’m not quite sure why the PPD is releasing a minor’s name in an arrest report or why the PNJ, NorthEscambia, WEAR and you are all running with it. I could be wrong but that seems abnormal for this type of incident.

    • Rick Outzen February 9, 2017 at 8:41 am

      We wanted to publish every available document, including the Pensacola Police report, because of the opacity of the School District.

  • Eliza P. February 8, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I find it highly irresponsible that you would release a minor’s home address,but you did not hesitate to censor the boy’s name who originally owned the gun.I feel that you should either take this down or censor the BOTH of the boy’s name.You are endangering the people who live at that address by posting it to the public.He is still a minor and it is in fact illegal to post this type of information in this article,you can or will be fined if I take this to authorities.

    • Rick Outzen February 9, 2017 at 8:15 am

      This is the official police report as redacted by the Pensacola Police Department.