8th-grade student caught with unloaded gun at Marshall Middle School, officials say

By Cory McCord - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - An eighth-grade student was caught with a gun at Marshall Middle School on Thursday, according to the Houston Independent School District.

The student was detained by the HISD Police Department and it is not clear if the student will face charges.

HISD said the student body was not in danger.

A parent of a Marshall student said this letter was sent by the school:

"Though no students were ever in danger, I need to make you aware of an incident that happened today on our campus.

"This afternoon, we discovered an eighth-grade student with an unloaded gun on our campus. Thankfully, a staff member noticed the gun and alerted administrators. During the course of our investigation, we discovered several other students had been in possession of the gun, and another student had bullets.

"We immediately notified HISD Police, and our campus detained the students and confiscated the weapon and bullets. You can be assured that appropriate disciplinary action is being taken, per the HISD Student Code of Conduct. Police also are investigating to determine how the students obtained the gun.

"Please know we take these situations very seriously, as the safety of our students and staff here at Marshall Middle is always our absolute top priority. Guns are dangerous and should never be brought to school.

"We must remain vigilant -- both at school and at home. Please take this opportunity to remind your children about the dangers of guns, as well as the importance of reporting unsafe behavior and objects when they see them.

"We appreciate you continued support."

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