Some parents of students who attend Brackenridge High School are questioning the school’s notification system, after a gun was brought on campus on Wednesday.
According to Leslie Price, spokeswoman for the San Antonio Independent School District, staff was made aware that a student had an unloaded weapon on campus and immediately took action.
“Our staff knew who the student was, they knew where the student was and they were able to very quickly go in and remove him from the classroom and secure his belongings,” Price said. “And, yes, they did indeed find an unloaded gun in the backpack."
Price said after interviewing students, school staff deemed there was no longer a safety threat and continued the day as normal. School administrators sent students home with a letter explaining the situation instead of calling parents.
“It can cause unneeded alarm about a situation that was already contained and taken care of, so they do look at that,” Price said. “It was important to get information home to parents and they did that.”
Some parents, like Monica Sanchez and Diana Garcia, who have children who attend the school, see it differently.
“There should be some kind of system already put in place to let us know, be aware way before they come home with a piece of paper,” Garcia said. “It's just ridiculous, there's no way that can even fit in my head, that you didn't want to alarm the neighborhood or the kids, there's no way.”
Both mothers said their children received text messages from their classmates throughout the day on Wednesday, warning them about a student with a gun. The mothers also said the school frequently calls to notify them when their child is tardy or absent, which are far less important matters.
“I don't think that they handled it the right way,” said Sanchez. “I'm at work not knowing this is going on, when my son is in danger, or he could have been in harm's way, and they're not contacting the parents the way they should.”
The student, a sophomore, was arrested and faces mandatory expulsion from school.