- Katie Hall American-Statesman Staff
An O. Henry Middle School student who brought an unloaded handgun to the campus was arrested Monday afternoon, Austin school district officials said.
A student reported to campus administrators around 3 p.m. that a classmate had brought a weapon to school, said Camie Fillpot, the school’s assistant principal, in a letter to parents and staff.
“AISD police immediately launched an investigation, and confiscated the gun,” Fillpot wrote.
Police did not find any ammunition with the handgun, she said.
The student was taken to the Gardner-Betts Detention Center on a charge of having a weapon in a prohibited place, a third-degree felony offense, Austin school district Police Chief Chris Evoy said. Possession of a weapon on school property is a violation of the law and the district’s student code of conduct.
The school will host a meeting for families at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the O. Henry Middle School cafeteria to discuss the incident, officials said.