Reports of person with a gun at Reagan High; campus on lockdown

No gun found at Reagan High School; campus reopened

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Scary moments Friday for kids and their parents at Reagan High School in Northeast Austin after reports were received that a student had a gun. The school went on lockdown and kids were marched out with their hands on their heads.

AISD police say a student reported seeing someone with a gun on campus Friday morning. Students were marched outside with their hands above their heads as officers dressed in tactical gear stood watch with guns drawn. STARflight circled ahead searching the rooftops. Dozens of parents gathered at the stadium parking lot.

"Just came out to make sure everything was alright," said parent Art Gonzales.

Some weren't so calm. They cried and held onto one another. As the hours went by the frustration grew.

"Right now I just want to get my daughters and my son out of there. Oh lord," said parent Rob Coleman.

Just before noon, police Chief Eric Mendez gave the all clear and allowed parents into the school to see their kids. No gun was found.

"Everything is okay. Everything is secure. Everything is safe." Mendez told parents.

At 9:45 that morning, he says a student told a resource officer that he saw someone with a gun on campus.

"The student was very sure about the description. He was able to give us the description multiple times. We had no reason to disbelieve this individual," Mendez said. "We searched every room, every hallway, every bathroom, every gym, every building."

The kids did their part too.

"We turned off the lights. We covered the front door window and we hid in the corner," said student Brando Moran.

Brando Moran tried to keep his mother calm by sending her texts even though he was a little scared himself.

"It was shocking," Moran said.

His mom decided to take him home once the all clear was given.

Rob Coleman got his kids out too.

"Ooh I got my babies," he said. "Look at them aren't they cute?"

Even in that happy moment, Coleman was thinking about next time.

"That thing about the metal detectors in the school, we need that. We need that," he said.

 

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