AUSTIN (KXAN) — The parent of a child accused of bringing a loaded weapon to Webb Middle School was charged with making a firearm available to a minor. Police say the gun was not properly secured at the home, and the father will likely face a fine for the Class C misdemeanor.
The charge carries a maximum fine of $500.
Fernando Reyes was unaware his son had the gun until he was notified by police, Austin ISD Police Chief Eric Mendez said.
“Under state law, if you’re a gun owner, you’ve got to keep your gun locked up and secured from minors,” Mendez said. “You’ve got to have them locked away or placed in an area where a child can’t have access to it.”
The gun was kept in a tool box in the garage, police said.
“Children are curious by nature,” Mendez said. “They’re going to want to look at things, particularly things they don’t see every day. So you want to find ways to keep them secure.”
Five students were arrested in connection to the incident that happened last month.
School administrators originally contacted AISD police after students tipped them off about a classmate bringing a gun to campus.
Using information given to them by students, police and a K-9 unit found a .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol under a portable building March 31. There were five rounds loaded into gun, but no bullet in the chamber.
Mendez said a student brought the gun to school March 28 and then took it home before bringing it back the following Monday. That student then passed the gun off to another kid.
Three other students helped hide the pistol under the portable, Mendez said.
Mendez did not say why the student brought the gun to school or if they intended to use it.
The students will face a range of charges including bringing a weapon into a prohibited place, tampering with evidence and failure to report.