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Richardson middle schooler criminally charged for bringing gun to school, police said

The student brought a gun to West Junior High School.
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RICHARDSON, Texas — A student is facing charges along with disciplinary action from the school after bringing a gun to a Richardson middle school.

A 12-year-old brought a gun May 14 to West Junior High School, Richardson police said. 

Students alerted the school and the resource officer who later recovered the gun from the student without incident during the school's dismissal time.

The boy did not threaten to use the gun or pointed it at anyone, police said. 

The student was arrested on a charge of unlawfully carrying a weapon in a prohibited place. The student hasn't been publicly identified because he is a minor. 

Here's the letter that was sent to parents regarding the incident:


I want to inform you of an incident that occurred on campus today. A student was discovered to be in possession of a small firearm this afternoon, outside, during dismissal. Staff became aware of the situation through student reports. The weapon was immediately secured by our School Resource Officer and the student was taken into custody without incident. No threats were made toward others. The student is facing criminal justice consequences in addition to RISD disciplinary action.

I would like to commend our students for bringing this isolated event to our attention. It allowed our staff and Richardson Police to respond swiftly and safely. West students consistently take proactive steps to help keep our campus safe.

Please be assured that we will remain vigilant in keeping safety as our top priority. Your continued support and assistance is always appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. 


Kimberly Kindred, Principal
West Junior High