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Judge orders Patti Welder student to be detained

By Carolina Astrain
Jan. 23, 2014 at 4:01 p.m.
Updated Jan. 22, 2014 at 7:23 p.m.


A seventh-grader who brought an unloaded gun and a round of ammunition to Patti Welder Middle School on Wednesday will be detained in the Victoria Regional Juvenile Justice Center for 14 days, a judge ruled Thursday afternoon.

Pama Hencerling, chief juvenile probation officer for Victoria County, said Judge Dan Gilliam issued the order.

The 13-year-old's possession of a weapon on campus was reported to school administrators by a group of other students Wednesday.

No one was injured.

The student will be detained until Feb. 6. On that day, the student will reappear in court for his second detention hearing, Hencerling said.

Once the Victoria County Sheriff's Office has completed its investigation and submitted its paperwork to the district attorney's office, the district attorney will determine whether charges will be filed.

If criminal charges are filed, then officials will schedule a regular hearing date, Hencerling said. If charges are not filed, the student will have another detention hearing, she said.

There is no bail for students detained in the Juvenile Justice Center.

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