Student facing two felony charges for taking loaded guns to school

Student facing two felony charges for taking loaded guns to school

Student facing two felony charges for taking loaded guns to school

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by Marvin Hurst / KENS 5

KENS 5

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 29 at 10:58 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- A Madison High School student is facing serious charges after police say he took several loaded guns to school, including an AK-47 that he planned to use.

Police took 17-year-old Brendan Tarwater into the Bexar County Magistrate's Office on Monday afternoon. Tarwater is accused of making terroristic threats and carrying a weapon in a prohibited place. Both charges are third-degree felonies.
 
Investigators said the boy's parents alerted San Antonio police that their son was missing early Monday morning, before he arrived at school.

North East Independent School District officials said Tarwater's parents requested that administrators search their son's backpack -- that's where authorities reportedly found two guns, a knife and additional magazines of ammunition.

The high school campus was placed on lock down and the AK-47 was found inside a school bathroom.

"The student did tell police officers that it was his intention that he was going to come over the announcement the intercom system at the school and that he was going to make a list of demands he said if those demands were not met then he would act," said Aubrey Chancellor, spokeswoman for NEISD.

Tarwater was arrested shortly after 10 a.m. and booked into the Bexar County jail on a $300,000 bond.

This news comes on the heels of an email that was sent to an area school district warning of mass violence on April 24. The threat spurred a city-wide response last week and security was elevated at all San Antonio schools.

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