Officials detain student who brought gun to Patti Welder Middle School


Jan. 22, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Updated Jan. 21, 2014 at 7:22 p.m.

A student was taken into custody Wednesday by Victoria County sheriff's school resource officers after he brought an unloaded handgun to campus.

Once authorities became aware of the gun, the student was immediately removed from the school.

No one was injured, and classroom instruction went on uninterrupted.

School administrators were tipped off by other students about the seventh-grader's possession of a weapon about 12:30 p.m., said Diane Boyett, Victoria school district communications director.

The student also had ammunition.

“It happened in a matter of minutes,” Boyett said. “We’re very pleased that the students stepped forward and did the right thing.”

The 13-year-old student’s motivation is unknown, Boyett said.

Lt. Thomas Eisman, of the Victoria County Sheriff's Office, said that because the case is under investigation, information about what type of handgun was brought to campus and where it was located could not be released.

The seventh-grader was outside on the school’s athletic field when authorities detained him.

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