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According to multiple news reports, concerned students notified front office staff that a student appeared to have a brought a weapon onto the North East ISD campus. Administrators then went to the student's classroom and removed him.
According to a letter sent to parents by Principal Brenda Cerroni, the student had a gun in his pocket. Aubrey Chancellor, the district's executive director for the communication department confirmed that the weapon was loaded.
District police at the campus secured the gun and arrested the student.
Chancellor said the student told school officials that he took the weapon to school for protection.
"We applaud the students who came forward and alerted the school," Cerroni wrote. "We are treating this situation with the seriousness it deserves, and we will not tolerate any inappropriate items at our school."
The student is expected to "face serious disciplinary consequences" through the school. Information about potential charges has not been disclosed at this time.
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