Crime

Hays High student arrested, charged after bringing air-soft gun to campus

HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A Hays High School student was arrested and charged Tuesday with a third-degree felony after other students overheard him making threats.

According to the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, the 15-year-old student was talking on his cell phone at a bus stop, and another student heard him talking about “having a gun in his backpack and that he was going to take care of business at the school.” The student who overheard him alerted campus officials.

School resource officers were notified, and an administrator took possession of the student’s backpack, according to deputies. Inside, they found an airsoft gun “that was very realistic to a real gun,” according to the sheriff’s office.

The student was detained and charged with exhibiting, using or threatening to use a firearm on campus.

“I want to thank our students who responded by swiftly reporting their concerns to adults on campus.  Bringing a firearm, or replica, on-campus and making threats is a serious offense,” Hays High School Principal David Pierce said to parents in a letter.

On Wednesday, four people were hurt in an active shooter situation at an Arlington high school. A student there was arrested in connection with the shooting.

Written by Jaclyn Ramkissoon

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