The San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District suspended a 12-year old Hernandez Intermediate School student Tuesday, May 6, after an assistant principal discovered a 38-caliber handgun in the child’s backpack.
An alert teacher became suspicious about a crowd of students surrounding the backpack about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday. She confiscated the backpack and gave it to Assistant Principal Ricardo Soliz.
Soliz took the boy into a room with another teacher, and upon searching the backpack, discovered the handgun. San Marcos Police Sgt. Bob Klett, supervisor of school resource officers (SROs) for the district, responded to the school along with SRO Richard Prado and Juvenile Investigator Gean Tucker. Klett later found that the boy had two bullets in his pocket. The gun was not loaded.
The youth, a sixth grade student at Hernandez, faces expulsion for a year for carrying a weapon on school property. He also faces third degree felony charges for bringing the weapon to school. The boy has been detained at the Hays County Juvenile Detention Center in San Marcos.
According to Hernandez Principal Sandra Reyes, school officials will send letters home to parents of all Hernandez Intermediate students on Wednesday. The school resource officers will meet with students and staff at Hernandez early Wednesday to discuss safety rules and procedures. The district plans to have the SROs meet with staff and students at other campuses in the near future.
“Our school district takes circumstances such as these very seriously,” said Dr. Patty Shafer, School Superintendent. “We are grateful for our alert staff and the quick response from San Marcos Police Department’s school resource officers.”
San Marcos police and school officials are continuing their investigation of the incident.
By MELISSA MILLECAM
Communications Director – City of San Marcos