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Woodcreek Middle student brings gun onto campus, cites self-protection

May 18, 2019

A Woodcreek Middle student who brought a gun to school Friday is in law enforcement custody, according to a statement from Humble ISD.

Interim Principal Nachelle Scott mentioned in a letter sent to parents that the gun was found in the male student’s backpack.

He now faces a third-degree felony charge of “Places Weapons Prohibited” after the Harris County District Attorney’s Office did an evidence review. The student was arrested by the Humble ISD Police Department and transferred to the Harris County law enforcement officials that manage juveniles, a district spokesperson said.

According to the Texas Penal Code 46.03, a person “commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possesses or goes with a firearm, location-restricted knife, club, or prohibited weapon” to prohibited places, among them educational institutions both public and private.

In the letter, Scott said the student was armed while on campus to protect himself “because of a disagreement among friends.”

“Please encourage your children to tell a trusted adult if they are ever worried about a situation so that we can help them resolve their concern appropriately,” Scott said.

To report a concern at a Humble ISD school, call the Humble ISD Police number at 281-641-7900 or use the Humble ISD iHELP app.

nguyen.le@chron.com