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October 21, 2014

Texas City 14-year-old detained after gun on campus investigation

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1431 9th Avenue North Texas City TX

Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 1:30 pm | Updated: 3:41 pm, Wed Oct 16, 2013.

TEXAS CITY — A 14-year-old boy is in custody after an investigation of a report that he brought a gun to the high school campus.

Superintendent Cynthia Lusignolo said that on Wednesday morning a student reported to a sheriff's office school liaison deputy that a fellow student showed him a gun on Tuesday.

The Galveston County Sheriff's Office and Texas City Police Department investigated the claim and on Wednesday afternoon took the boy into custody after finding the gun at the boy's house, Lusignolo said. 

The sheriff's office provides security and law enforcement on the Texas City school district campuses.

Authorities had not determined why the boy might have brought the weapon to school.

"We do not have any indication or evidence that shows he intended to do anyone harm with the weapon," Lusignolo said.

As the school district continues to investigate why the gun, believed to be a pistol, was brought to school, called the episode "disturbing."

She said district officials were still working on a response and reviewing procedures, but said some action would be taken.

"First, we will educate our students the dangers of having a gun on campus and reviewing the laws and regulations," Lusignolo said.

The superintendent praised the student who notified the deputy of the incident.

"The students are our eyes and ears for these sorts of things," Lusignolo said. "We want them to not be afraid to come forward or call the (school district) Crime Stoppers tip line.

"In this case it was a student who came forward and we want to reinforce to all our students that is the right thing to do."

Lusignolo said the investigation did not interfere with class schedules. However, as students noticed an increased police presence at the high school campus they contacted their parents.

Many took to social media or called The Daily News curious as to what was going on.