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Parents voice concerns after loaded gun was found at Webb Middle School

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Parents of Webb Middle Schoolers are voicing their frustrations after a loaded gun was found at school Monday. AISD officials are releasing new details that they hope will ease parents' concerns.

A meeting took place at Webb Middle School Tuesday night, which included AISD police, school officials and parents. The course of Monday's investigation was broken down but many parents were still not happy with what they were told.

Back and forth concerns from parents at Webb Middle School Tuesday night. Most centered on their child's safety.

"I came up here Monday. That's why I'm so upset because I came up here Monday. You all had knowledge that there was a gun on the premises," said a parent of a middle school student.

"You're sitting here telling me that the kids are safe but it has happened twice. A third time, what about if it doesn't happen?" said another parent.

AISD police say they received a tip just before 10 a.m. Monday morning that a student was possibly in possession of a gun. Through multiple interviews, police learned that the gun had actually been brought onto campus Friday. When they located the student believed to be connected to the incident, no handgun was found in their possession.

"His friends were bragging it was him. They were going around saying, 'my friend brought a loaded gun,'" said Brenda Alfonso, a 7th grade student.

Police continued their search.

"We went as far as sending officers to the home of the student. We talked to the parents to ensure there wasn't a gun at the house and if the student had access to guns," said AISD Police Chief Eric Mendez.

It was around 2 p.m. when a student showed police exactly where the .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol was hidden, underneath a portable classroom with five rounds inside.

"So that's why we didn't lockdown the campus, because the initial investigation was pointing to Friday. As we gathered information, as we started bringing students in that had any type of knowledge of the incident, we had control of it," said Chief Mendez.

Throughout the investigation, school continued as normal. But some parents think more should have been done.

"This is really bad, maybe they need more police checking or making sure the kids are doing right in school," said Maria Hernandez, a parent.

Others think the students were well taken care of.

"She needed to stay here, where they already had her comfortable and safe. She had no idea what was going on and that made me feel better," said Rhonda Cardenas, a parent.

The student could face charges but that will be up to the District Attorney's Office. The school says they will make sure to look into what disciplinary actions can be taken.

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