Young Lockhart ISD students bringing weapons to school

AB Strawn Elementary (KXAN Photo)
AB Strawn Elementary (KXAN Photo)

LOCKHART, Texas (KXAN) — For the third time in two months, a young student has brought a weapon to school in Lockhart ISD from home, officials say.

The district warned that bringing weapons to school can lead to significant consequences, both at school and potentially with law enforcement, leading to “long-lasting negative effects on children.”

Friday morning, a young student at AB Strawn Elementary in Dale found an airsoft pistol in his backpack while putting his jacket away, the superintendent said in a letter to parents. The teacher told a campus administrator who determined the gun was brought from home, but unintentionally. The airsoft gun was put in the child’s backpack by a sibling.

“For some of us, having weapons in our homes for recreation, protection, and even our jobs, is a way of life,” Superintendent Susan K. Bohn said. “With that comes a responsibility to take gun safety very seriously, especially with children in the house.”

Lockhart police were also tipped off to a loaded pistol inside a vehicle parked at Lockhart High School. The student said the pistol was for hunting and he forgot to take it out of his vehicle. The principal said appropriate actions are being taken as required by law.

Bohn urged parents to not forget that pocket knifes, BB guns and airsoft guns are not toys, and should not be readily available to children in their homes. She also asked parents to check their child’s backpack.

Faith and Greg Pope are Lockhart ISD parents who rely on firearms for protection. Their two dogs have been attacked by rattlesnakes and a 250 pound hog.

“The reality is any time you walk outside your door, especially at night, there could be something at your doorstep,” said Faith. “The reality is you need to have them [firearms] in an area where you can easily reach them.”

Talking to their children about firearm safety has been a priority for the Pope’s, and they encourage other families to have these important conversations with their children.

The school district shared safety reminders from Project ChildSafe:

  • Keep guns locked and out of reach of children
  • Store ammunition in a different place than guns
  • Never leave a gun out and unattended
  • Teach your children not to touch a gun they find. Tell them to tell an adult right away when they see a gun

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