KATY, Texas – A 17-year-old Katy Independent School District student is facing charges after authorities said he shot a pig on school property.
Jacob Samuel Mullins has been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon. His bond was set at $10,000.
Mullins is accused of shooting a pig at the district's agricultural sciences facility before bringing the animal to a processing facility.
According to a letter sent home to parents, a teacher heard the gunshot from a nearby barn and notified Katy ISD police.
Mullins did not threaten anyone or any other animals, according to the letter.
He was removed from the district's FFA program as a result of the incident.
Here is the letter that was sent home to parents:
"The purpose of this message is to inform you of an incident that occurred this week at the district's agricultural sciences facility after regular school hours. A high school student who was attempting to move a livestock project to a processing facility decided to terminate the animal on site prior to transporting it. The student used a firearm to conduct this activity. Upon hearing the firearm's discharge, a teacher at a nearby barn immediately notified the Katy ISD Police who have since begun an investigation into the incident. At no time did the student make any threat toward other individuals present, nor were other livestock projects harmed. As with any matter of this nature, the appropriate disciplinary action will follow - including the removal of the student from the program for possession of a firearm on school district grounds.
"We ask that you use this incident as a teachable moment with your student to help confirm with them the important role they play in keeping our schools and facilities safe.
"The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority at Katy ISD. With your help, we will continue our commitment to creating safe and secure learning environments, be it in our classrooms or other facilities."
EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story said the ag center is near Morton Ranch High School, but that is not the location where the incident took place. The ag center is located at 24263 Beckendorff Road.