Two students arrested after gun brought on campus at IDEA school in SE Austin
AUSTIN, Texas —
Two students at the IDEA Allan public school in southeast Austin were arrested after an unloaded gun was brought on campus Tuesday.
According to the school, located at 1701 Vargas Road, just north of East Riverside, administrators were notified about the gun and immediately isolated the student.
The gun was confiscated and the Austin Police Department was notified.
After an investigation by police and school leadership, two students were arrested on a felony charge of possessing a weapon in a prohibited area.
Police say no threats were made and this seems to be an isolated incident.
APD says one adult and one juvenile were arrested.
According to an affidavit, the juvenile was interviewed by police and admitted he brought the gun to school from his home.
He told police, however, that he didn't have possession of it and had given it to his high school student mentor, identified as 17-year-old Anibal Escobar Mejia, during lunch.
Police located Anibal in a restroom and was escorted to a conference room. The principal immediately asked "where is it?" and Anibal pulled a .380 caliber pistol from his right waistband.
When questioned by police, Anibal stated he intended to turn the gun in to a specific teacher, but made no attempt to do so.
In a letter sent home to parents, IDEA Allan says that due to this incident backpacks and gym bags will not be allowed at the school for the rest of the year. Students will only be allowed to carry wallets and purses.
Read the school's full press release below:
Yesterday, we were notified that a student brought an unloaded gun to campus, in violation of IDEA Public Schools’ Code of Conduct. The gun was immediately confiscated, the student was isolated, and the Austin Police Department was called. An investigation was launched by local authorities and the school leadership team, and two students were arrested on a felony charge for possessing a weapon in a prohibited area. In light of the recent horrific crimes happening across Texas and other places, we recognize the severity of any threat—real or perceived—against our students and we are doing everything we can to ensure that all of our students are learning and growing in a safe environment every day.