Gun found near Hightower High School; This is what the district is saying about the incident

Fort Bend ISD
Fort Bend ISD

HOUSTON – School law enforcement found a handgun near Hightower High School in Fort Bend County on Monday.

Fort Bend Independent School District said it happened at school dismissal time around 2:45 p.m. near Hall Stadium.

The district said in a statement that Hightower High School campus officers identified a juvenile student who was sent home that day for fighting in a vehicle with four other people.

Earlier in the day, Fort Bend ISD said school administrators had been made aware of a threatening social media post that was made by the student. Per district policy, the Fort Bend ISD Police Department and the Campus Student Threat Assessment Team were immediately notified to begin an investigation.

The school said the officers, on high alert after the incident, saw the student and the vehicle and performed a search, which resulted in the arrest of the student for unlawful carrying of a weapon and another juvenile for possession of marijuana less than two ounces.

According to the school, the student was with “mostly students.” KPRC 2 is trying to determine who the other occupants of that vehicle were but have not heard back yet from the district or other authorities.

“Fort Bend ISD is grateful for the swift actions taken by the campus officers,” a statement from the school district read, in part. “Their alertness to their surroundings and ability to resolve the situation without incident is a testament to their training and unwavering commitment to ensure the safety of their campus community.”

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story said the gun was found at the school. The gun was found near the high school near Hall Stadium. The school did not offer any further information about the incident nor who the other people were in the vehicle.

This is a Google Map of the area near Hightower High School. (Google Maps)

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