Two Northwest High School students were arrested Tuesday for allegedly having a handgun on campus after two classmates reported a questionable picture being posted on social media, according to a letter to parents.
“I rarely send messages regarding student discipline issues, but we are living in a different time right now, and I need you to be aware. Two Northwest High School students were detained today for allegedly possessing a handgun on campus,” Northwest school district Superintendent Ryder Warren wrote in a letter that was sent to parents whose children attend schools in the district.
ort Worth police arrested one juvenile and an adult-aged student.
“The adult student has not been booked and arraigned yet,” said Jimmy Pollozani, spokesman for Fort Worth police.
The older student’s name won’t be released until after formal arraignment is held, Pollozani said.
Pollozani said the student also had two ammunition magazines to go with the handgun.
The two student were initially detained after administrators learned of pictures of one of the students with a handgun on social media. Two students saw the posting and told campus administrators, who along with a school resource officer detained the student for questioning.
Pollozani said the student’s social media post was of himself with guns and that he was questioned within 27 minutes after the photo was posted. The school resource officers found the handgun in the student’s possession.
“(The) posts weren’t a threat to any particular student or the school … but more along the lines of inappropriate,” Pollozani said in an email, adding that it appeared the student was was going to try and sell the gun.
Warren’s letter states that during the questioning, the school learned that another student was involved.
“This is exactly why we must come together as a school community and dig deeper into the safety and security of our schools,” Warren’s letter states. “I truly appreciate the students who ‘saw something and said something’ to school administrators, so prompt action could be taken.”
Northwest High School is based in far north Fort Worth, not far from Texas Motor Speedway. The sprawling district includes portions of Denton, Tarrant and Wise counties.
The incident comes amid a national debate about school safety and gun violence after a massacre at a high school in Parkland, Fla.
The Northwest school district has scheduled a Facebook Live discussion on school safety at 6:30 p.m. on March 8.
Also on Tuesday, authorities made an arrest after a social media threat was made to Ronald Reagan Middle School in Grand Prairie. Police there worked with the FBI on the case, authorities said.
“Due to this being a pending criminal investigation and the fact that the suspect is a juvenile, no other information will be released,” the police said in a news release. “There was never any threat to the students and we have remained in constant contact with Grand Prairie ISD to bring this to a resolution.”
Police said they took appropriate security measures at all schools in Grand Prairie.