Police arrested a 13-year-old student for bringing a loaded gun to Jackson Middle School.
The eighth-grader brought the gun to campus on Thursday and showed a friend, police said.
The friend told his parents and the friend’s mother reported what she heard to school administrators on Friday, according to police.
The gun, which belonged to the student’s uncle, was found in the boy’s locker during a search on Friday, a school spokesman said.
The boy told a police officer that he brought the gun to school so he could defend a friend who was supposed to get in a fight, police said.
The student will be attending alternative campuses for the next 180 days and will not be returning to Jackson Middle School, said Sam Buchmeyer, school district spokesman.
The student faces a charge of bringing a weapon into a prohibited place, said Det. John Brimmer, police spokesman.
It was not clear on Tuesday whether the student was still being detained in a juvenile facility or whether he had been released to his parents, according to authorities.
I say arrest the uncle, arrest the father and maybe the whole family. The charge should be child abuse. We're not talking about a 13-year-old gang member from Baltimore. We're talking about a typical kid in Texas whose upbringing has led him to this: when there's a problem you borrow uncle's gun as the solution. What if legitimate gun owners start taking responsibility for the faulty message they transmit to their kids, guns are the answer, meet violence or the threat thereof with greater and swifter violence.
This boy is a good example. He's absorbed the lesson well. His friend was scheduled for a fist-fight, so he brings a gun along. Something's very wrong with that, and I don't think he's completely to blame.
What's your opinion? I don't deny the boy should be punished in some way for having taken the gun to school, but do you think this is a case of shared responsibility? Do you think the uncle and other family members share in this?
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