Five Webb Middle School students were arrested on campus Friday in connection to a gun found on campus earlier this week.
AISD Police Chief Eric Mendez says one student brought the .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol to school Friday. The same student brought the gun back on Monday.
"Any child handling a weapon puts others at risk," said Mendez about the loaded gun police found on campus. There were five rounds in the weapon.
Mendez says the student who brought the gun to school handed it to another student on Monday. A third student helped conceal the gun and two other knew about it but didn't speak up.
Police would not release any information about the students because of their ages. The students are in middle school so Mendez says they could be anywhere from 11-14 years old.
Officers questioned the five students for four hours piecing together what happened. Motive and what the student planned to do with the gun are still part of the investigation.
"I'm not sure why they hid it. They may have understood word was getting around and they were going to be questioned," said
Parent Jennifer Jaimes says she's relieved to hear about the arrests. "It's good but what's to keep this from happening again," she said.
Another parent who did not want to go on camera says she is grateful the students are no longer in the same school as her child.
Mendez says officers secured the school when police received the tip from a student Monday about the gun. They found it stashed under a portable classroom. Mendez says the department is evaluating its response as with any situation. He stresses the importance of parents talking to their children.
"You have to know what's going on at school and reinforce the importance of reporting unsafe behavior," said Mendez.
The middle school students are being held at Gardner Betts Juvenile Center and are facing detention. Their cases are in the courts hands.
Just because the students are in custody doesn't mean the investigation is over Mendez says. Police have a good idea where the gun came from and there's the chance an adult could face charges.
The school district says parents are being notified about the arrests.
Student one is facing places weapons prohibited and tampering with evidence charges. Both are third degree felonies.
Student two is facing places weapons prohibited, tampering with evidence and failure to report a felony charges.
Student three is facing a charge of tampering with evidence.
Student four and student five are charged with failure to report a felony.