AISD student charged after bringing gun to school


by KVUE News

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 7:47 AM

AUSTIN -- Some Paredes Middle School parents were concerned to find out that a letter from the school didn't release all the details of a disturbing incident on campus.

The principal sent a letter home Monday telling parents that a 7th grader brought a small amount of marijuana and an unloaded weapon to school. However, the letter failed to mention the bullets that, campus police said Tuesday, the student also had.

"Oh, that scares me," said Beatrice Bazan.

Another parent, Jeff Williamson says he never got a letter.

"I think there are better ways to notify parents. If they can make a phone call to you saying your son didn't bring a pencil to math, I'm pretty sure they can find a better way to get the news out," said Williamson.

The letter said the school took "immediate action."

The 7th grader was charged with a felony, for bringing a weapon to a prohibited place. He's in the Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center.

Parents were asked to talk with their children about reporting drugs and weapons.

AISD police chief credited alert officers for noticing four students behaving strangely and finding the weapon before anything happened.

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