NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches ISD Police have detained two boys, ages 11 and 12, for having an unloaded .22 semi-automatic pistol at school on Monday.
According to a press release, it is believed the 11-year-old boy first brought the gun to Thomas J. Rusk Academy of Fine Arts on Monday and gave it to a 12-year-old boy. The 12-year-old took it home and planned to bring it back on Tuesday, according to the release.
Police Chief Doug Ploch said there was no indication either child planned to use the gun, but were using it more for a "show and tell."
"I believe there is a classroom with some kids in it that saw it in a classroom," Ploch said. "We have no reports of it being used in a threatening manner or of it being intended to be used in a threatening manner. All we're hearing right now was more of look what I have kind of thing."
Superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes said staff responded quickly to a parent's tip and it was recovered from the 12-year-old on a bus Tuesday morning.
"Our staff followed the lead and made sure the weapon did not come back to campus," Hayes said.
"And that's sort of what we want is for people to tell us when they hear something so we can act upon it and be proactive and possibly prevent it from getting to our campuses," Ploch said.
Both boys have been detained and charged with possession of the weapon. They are in custody of juvenile probation and will likely be taken to the Longview detention facility, according to the release.
Ploch said there have only been six or seven cases of guns at NISD in the last 20 years.
Even though it appears the juveniles didn't appear to harm anyone at all they still must undergo the same procedure as if they were wanting to hurt someone. They were brought directly to juvenile probation for criminal procedures.
About the same time Hayes recorded a phone message to parents alerting them of the situation. Anxious parents flooded NISD phone lines. Later, a note was sent home with youngsters, Letting parents know the situation is under control. The incident still jolts parents' nerves.
"I was shocked," said Shatacca Roberts. "It doesn't matter if it was loaded or not. I don't know how they got it and was able to pass it around. Made me kinda nervous."
Police say they're not filing charges against the parents as the gun was unloaded and was supposedly kept in a safe place.