DILLEY, TEXAS -- A sixth-grade student accused of toting a gun to school in his backpack and threatening his classmate with it last week is now facing a criminal charge.
Police said Wednesday that the 10-year-old boy has been charged with making a terroristic threat. He also has been expelled from school.
Officials at Mary Harper Middle School in Dilley said the sixth-grader had a pellet gun inside his backpack. His classmates told their teacher he was showing it off.
"Due to the kids talking, (teachers) found the gun before he actually had a chance to bring it out," Police Chief Albert De Leon said.
De Leon said the student "dressed" the pellet gun to make it look more dangerous. They said he made a threat to one of his classmates.
"This kid probably was at his breaking point, had been bullied before, and this other kid came at him at the wrong time," the chief said.