South Florida Bulls reserve offensive lineman and redshirt freshman Benjamin Knox has been arrested for firing a gun at a campus dorm’s exterior, per a report from local authorities.
Allegedly, Knox shot at the dorm from a parking garage early Sunday morning, according to university police. Nobody was injured.
Authorities then saw an open gun case and bullets inside Knox’s car, plus shell casings outside on the ground. Knox was then arrested at his dorm, where the gun was found. Knox, 21, was then taken to the country jail and held on $15,000 bond following being charged with “shooting a firearm on school property and shooting into an occupied building.”
The university’s athletic department released the following statement.
“USF Athletics is aware of an incident involving student-athlete Benjamin Knox that occurred early Sunday morning. The student-athlete in question has been immediately suspended from all team activities. We are in the process of gathering more information on the matter and are working with the proper authorities. This type of behavior is not consistent with the values of our institution and will not be tolerated.”
And how right the department is. Gun violence is not something to be taken lightly. Not now, not ever, especially in the wake of recent school shootings in Oregon and Texas. Knox would be dismissed from the university under perfect circumstances, but that is for the school to decide and not the masses.
Campus Sports will update this story once new details are available.
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