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Jupiter student caught with pellet gun at school will receive diploma

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Jupiter student caught with pellet gun at school will receive diploma (WPEC)

A 19-year-old student accused of bringing a pellet gun to Jupiter Community High School is out of jail on supervised release with conditions.

On Wednesday, a judge lowered Drew Yarde's bond to zero as part of the program.

Yarde faces up to five years in prison, charged with possession of a weapon on school property, a felony charge.

Despite the charge, he will still earn his high school diploma.

Yarde says he's grateful for that. He said his experience spending a week behind bars was tough and life changing.

"I learned that you cannot take life for granted. Simple mistakes can get you locked up, so you have to be careful what you do," he said.

According to the arrest report, Drew told officers he needed it for protection because he occasionally had to sleep on the streets when he wasn’t staying with his friends.

His adoptive father, David Yarde, tells CBS12’s Luli Ortiz he tried his best, but Drew Yarde refuses to come home.

“We never saw it coming. We never had any type of contributions to this, we’re really sad. We’re really still disturbed,” David Yarde said.

Drew was pulled out of the classroom while taking his final exam, and the pellet gun was discovered, according to the report.

The school resource officer noted no one was threatened.

The assistant principal even told officers drew was known to be a respectful and a cooperative student.

Yarde said he will be staying at The Spot, a homeless center for youth ages 18-25 in West Palm Beach to help him get back on track for college, rather than staying with his adoptive parents.

He added he is 19 years old and wants to prove to them that he "can take care of himself."

He said his future goals is to pursue a career in music or enroll in the fire academy at Palm Beach State College.

Yarde will face a judge again on June 7.

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