School Lockdown After Student Brings Gun


POSTED: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 4:49pm

UPDATED: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 10:07am

MCALLEN-  Police has detained a teenager at Michael E. Fossum Middle School  after entering campus with a gun. Police placed the school on lockdown Friday morning after an eighth grader intended to shoot himself.

"This morning before classes began, a young man apparently having some personal issues, personal problems came to school with the intention to doing himself some harm," said Norma Zamora Guerra a spokesperson for the McAllen Independent School District.

School officials say one of the school's staff member was able to persuade the teen to stop the dangerous act and was taken into custody by McAllen police and no one was hurt at the school. However, parents still flocked to the school after hearing word, hoping their children where ok.

"I met up with the lady walking down the street here and told us what was going on I'm still shook up and a little relieved, and I'll be happy when i see my child," said Sarah Guzman, whose child attends the middle school.

School officials said after the teen was taken away from campus and is being investigation, classes resumed as normal. News Center 23  saw parents come and go picking up their kids from school for the day. One concerned parent said that the teen who brought the gun is in need of help.

"He was feeling something and he didn't feel he had a place to go talk to somebody," said Keely Smith, a parent. "I mean he was asking for attention here and that's really sad. I feel for the family, for the kid and I feel my kids are safe here in McAllen."

The teen, whose name has not been released, is currently being questioned by police and school officials on why he would bring a gun to school creating a dangerous scene for all. Counselors will be on hand for students who need it on Saturday at the middle school from 8 a.m. to noon.

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