As reported by the Ocala StarBanner, Taylor, a senior football player for Lake Weir High (Marion County, Fla.) was arrested during his team’s home game against Citrus High (Inverness, Fla.) when a student saw a pocket knife protruding from the waistband of Taylor’s pants and reported the weapon to nearby police officers.
A Marion County Sheriff’s deputy promptly confronted Taylor about the weapon, and the star running back and linebacker reportedly denied that he was carrying a knife, all while the weapon was in plain sight of the officer, a denial that appears to be equal parts naive and misguided.
Taylor was booked into Marion County jail shortly after his arrest during the Friday night game and was released on bond the following morning. There has been no word on any official penalty from Lake Weir yet, but the StarBanner noted that the school district’s standard practice is for any student facing such an incident to be transferred to a new school.
Such a shift could have an affect on the Lake Weir football team, though that seems insignificant compared to the larger issues at play in the case. For now, police and school officials continue to search for clues as to why Taylor would have been willing to risk so much to wield a weapon on the field during a game.
"There is no plausible reason," Marion County Public Schools spokesman Kevin Christian told the StarBanner. "The team they were playing was not even from Marion County. I doubt he even knew anyone on the other team."
Added Lake Weir principal Wayne Livingston:
"We're not going to start searching all of [the] players," he said. "This young man made a terrible mistake. It was a bad decision on his part. There was absolutely no rhyme or reason for it. Out of the 1,600 students we have, the majority of the students do the right things. As adults, we have to guide and direct them."
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