FORT WORTH, Texas — A police officer at a middle school had to detain a student after they were found with a firearm on campus, according to Fort Worth police.
The department said an officer from their School Initiative Unit was on duty at W. A. Meacham Middle School on Wednesday. At around 4 p.m., he was notified about a student who possibly had a gun.
According to police, the officer did an investigation, detained a juvenile suspect and safely took away a firearm. In an email to parents, Meacham Middle School principal Carlos Mendoza said the campus was "on 'hold' status" while a search took place.
Police said there were no threats made and no one was hurt. Principal Mendoza also emphasized that there are continuing threats to students.
"Please know that the safety of your child is and will remain our number-one priority," he wrote in his letter.
The juvenile hasn't been identified, but the principal said they are a student.
The incident happened as North Texas schools have taken extra precautions in the wake of the shooting in Uvalde, where 21 people, including 19 children, were killed at an elementary school. Texas Department of Public Safety officials said the suspect barricaded himself in a classroom with all of the victims.
Out of caution, school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have increased police presence and security measures on their campuses. Many districts made it clear that there were no known threats before their announcement.
Also this week, a student was arrested by Richardson police after a pistol was found in their car near Berkner High School.