Officials: Students found gun with 3 live rounds at Westwood High

Loaded gun found near high school

ROUND ROCK, TEXAS - Members of the Westwood High School cross country team found a gun with three live rounds on the school campus Wednesday morning, Round Rock Independent School District confirmed to KVUE.

The gun was discovered at Westwood around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday in the corner of the satellite practice field near Lake Creek Parkway, officials said. In a letter sent to parents, Principal Marco Acosta said the incident was immediately reported to the Williamson County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities have determined that there is no imminent threat to Westwood staff or students, the principal said.

Williamson County officials later said there were three live rounds in the gun and they are investigating to determine who the gun belonged to. Investigators are trying to trace it via serial number.

"Due to a number of people handling the pistol after it was found, obtaining fingerprints or DNA is unlikely," said Fred Thomas, a Williamson County official.

Here is the complete letter that was sent to parents Wednesday:

Dear Westwood High School Students, Staff and Parents,

This morning at approximately 7:15 a.m. students reported to campus administration that a gun had been found on the corner of the satellite practice field near Lake Creek Parkway. We immediately reported the incident to the Williamson County Sheriff's Department and have concluded that there was no imminent threat present to staff or students. 

We commend these students for their actions and want to share with our Westwood community that it is a collective effort to keep our campus environment the safest one possible. In order to keep our campus safe, we need the assistance of our parents, students and staff. Students, please report anything suspicious to an adult on campus. It is imperative that students inform us immediately if they believe a stranger or fellow student has brought a weapon to our campus. 

The safety of our students and staff at school is of paramount importance. Please help us reinforce this message. Only working together, can our students, parents and staff keep our campus safe. 

Finally, please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or concerns you want to share. I assure you that the Westwood HS administration, faculty and staff are committed to maintaining a safe school environment that is conducive to teaching and learning. We pledge to continue our vigilance in keeping Westwood HS a safe campus.  

(© 2016 KVUE)


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