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Student takes unloaded handgun to Southside ISD school, officials say

District officials claim gun taken to Matthey Middle School 'inoperable'

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SAN ANTONIO – Two students were detained Friday after bringing an unloaded handgun to Matthey Middle School, the Southside Independent School District said Monday.

A letter sent to parents from the school's principal said administrators "immediately contained the situation" and that the handgun was inoperable.

A Southside ISD spokesperson clarified Monday that "inoperable" meant that the gun was in two pieces.

The letter to parents said: "Please be assured at no time were any students, faculty or staff in any immediate danger. The Julius L. Matthey School Administration and the SISD Police Department are committed to the safety and education of all our students. We also want to clearly communicate with parent (sic) about issues when they arise."

The spokesperson was unable to release the age or grade of the male students.

A police report provided by the district Monday afternoon states that both students were charged with bringing a firearm to a prohibited place and taken to the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center.

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