Female student brings gun to Pflugerville High School

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by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News and KVUE.com

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Posted on March 27, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 28 at 9:45 AM

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas -- School resumed its normal schedule Tuesday at Pflugerville High School after a gun was confiscated from 17-year-old Shonteisha Hobbs, a student at the high school.

In an email to parents from the school's principal Kirk Wrinkle, a student came forward and told school staff that a loaded 9-millimeter handgun had been brought to school by a fellow student. Police won't say how many round were in the gun, only that it was loaded.

Wrinkle says no direct threats were made. The Hobbs was arrested by Pflugerville ISD police and taken away from the campus. She is now in the Travis County Jail.

Classes resumed as normal; Tuesday students were taking the STAAR test.

Principal Wrinkle says Hobbs will receive proper punishment. He also commends the student who told staff members about the gun, as well as Pflugerville ISD police who quickly acted to arrest Hobbs.

Wrinkle says he believes the incident is not related to social media and email threats the school received last week.

The incident is still under investigation.

A full transcript of the email Principal Wrinkle sent on Tuesday is below:

Dear Pflugerville High School Parents/Guardians:

We had an incident Tuesday at Pflugerville High School that I need to inform you about. Thanks to the diligence of a responsible student and the fast work of staff, PISD police confiscated a gun that had been brought to school by a student. No direct threats were made, and the student was arrested and removed from campus.

We continued our morning on its regular schedule – as you know, today was a STAAR testing day. Bringing a weapon on campus is a very serious violation of law and the PISD Student Code of Conduct. 

The student has been removed from campus and appropriate legal and disciplinary action will be taken.  I want to commend the student who informed staff of the weapon's presence, as well as the professional action of PISD police, who worked quickly to ensure the safety of our campus.

Because the case is still under investigation, there is no additional information that I can share with you at this time. We currently have no reason to believe this incident is related to last week’s social media and email threats.

Always know that the safety of PHS students and staff is of paramount importance.  Please help us reinforce this message.  I encourage you to talk to your child about the importance of telling us of any action that they may witness that threatens campus security.  Working together, our staff and students can keep our school safe.

I want to assure you that Pflugerville High School administration, faculty and staff are committed to maintaining a safe school environment that is conducive to teaching and learning.  Please feel free to contact my office at 594-0500 if you have any questions.

 Sincerely,

Kirk Wrinkle

Principal


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