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Parent faces charges after weapon ‘accidentally’ discharges at Arlington elementary school, police say

Around 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Arlington police officers responded to Duff Elementary for a reported shooting.
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ARLINGTON, Texas — An Arlington elementary school parent has been arrested after his weapon accidentally discharged on campus, triggering a lockdown, police said.

Arlington police said 55-year-old Anthony White has been charged with one count of unlawful carrying of a weapon in prohibited places and one count of discharge of a firearm in certain municipalities.

Around 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Arlington police officers responded to Duff Elementary, in the 3100 block of Lynnwood Drive off Park Row Drive, for a reported shooting. 

When officers arrived, they learned a parent, later identified as White, came to the school with a concealed weapon and while on campus, the weapon “accidentally discharged, striking him in the leg,” police said. 

Police believe there was no malicious intent on White's part or any threat to the elementary school.

Police said the lockdown has since been lifted and no students or staff were hurt in the incident. There was also no damage reported to school property.

The students were released from campus early as already planned.

Police said White was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Police said after he was released, he was taken into custody. He's being held in the Arlington City Jail. Police have not released any information concerning his bond amount at this time. 

"We would like to remind the public that it is illegal to bring a weapon inside a school unless the law specifically authorizes it," the Arlington Police Department said in a statement. 

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