Dilley police: 6th-grader totes gun to school, threatens classmate


by Mayra Moreno / KENS 5

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Posted on October 3, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 7:40 PM

DILLEY, Tx -- A sixth grade student is accused of toting a gun to school in his backpack and then threatening his classmate with it.

"It makes me mad, you know, because my son goes to the school," said parent Laura Velasquez.

Velasquez' son is an eight grader at Mary Harper Middle School in Dilley where the incident occurred. She is just now finding out from us about a gun incident at the school.

"Very dangerous," said the concerned mother.

Harper officials 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," said Police Chief Albert De Leon.

Chief 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. As part of the investigation, they are looking into every possibility before taking further action.

"This kid probably was at his breaking point, had been bullied before, and this other kid came at him at the wrong time," said the chief.

Classmates who saw the gun are being questioned, and at least for the time being, the sixth grader has been suspended.

"The campus principal had a meeting with the teachers to make them aware of the incident that occurred," said Dr. Norbert Rodriguez, Dilley ISD superintendent.

Parents like Velasquez said that wasn't enough and more information should have been sent home to parents.

"Call the parent and say, 'Hey, we had this incident.' (and) what they're planning on doing," said Velasquez.

Students at the school are receiving counseling in light of the incident.