Cypress high school student faces charges after bringing knife to school

By Samantha Ptashkin - Reporter

CYPRESS, Texas - A local student is facing serious charges after allegedly bringing a weapon to a school.

It happened Thursday morning at Cypress Ranch High School.  According to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, the weapon was a hunting knife with a 10-inch blade.

Walter Thomas Thompson is now facing a felony charge for possession of a prohibited weapon. According to the District Attorney's Office, a student spotted the knife in Thompson's backpack, then reported it to the Cypress Ranch assistant principal.

"I just feel like that's really crazy, someone bringing a knife to school," said student Chelsey Owens.

Thompson's family members didn't want to go on camera, but told Local 2 he didn't mean any harm. However, a knife on campus is still concerning for students and parents.

"I don't want to have like metal detectors and stuff like that, but I think we might get to that point," student Ayanna Johnson said.

"I do think it's a bad thing when students are taking hunting knives to school," parent Vicky Wellman said. "Now if it's in the kid's truck because he was going hunting, that's one thing, but not inside the classes."

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District spokesperson Nicole Ray issued this statement:

"As part of our campus safety plan, students are encouraged to report any unsafe behavior. The student who made the report is to be commended for immediately notifying administrators."

Ray wouldn't comment on the repercussions Thompson is facing at school, but according to the district's code of conduct, bringing a knife to school results in expulsion and 45-180 days in a juvenile justice alternative program.

Thompson is out of jail on a $5,000 bond. He is set to appear in court on March 17.

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