A 14-year-old male student from Auburndale High School in Auburndale, Florida was allegedly found to have a loaded 40-caliber handgun in his backpack. The gun was loaded with target rounds which sounds like a less-lethal round than standard rounds. The truth is exactly the opposite.
Target rounds are supposed to be used at shooting ranges. However, it’s not unheard of for people to use them for ‘daily use’ in their firearms. The problem with that is target rounds are specifically designed to not expand. While that may sound better than having a gaping exit wound, the target round will travel farther through more objects. In the case of a gun being found in a school, those objects could be other students and faculty.
No word on where the gun was obtained but if I had to hazard a guess this sounds like a firearm that is used by an adult at a shooting range. While they may have practiced their aim, it doesn’t seem like they practiced safe gun storage.