Gun goes off at Pueblo High School
A handgun goes off at Pueblo High School. A 15-year-old student is arrested. Some parents found out in a letter sent out by school staff. But one Tucson mother is angry that the school did not go on lockdown.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -- A handgun goes off at Pueblo High School. A 15-year-old student is arrested. Some parents found out in a letter sent out by school staff. But one Tucson mother is angry that the school did not go on lockdown. And turned to 90YS to find out why.
A frightening sound, a gunshot, in a boys bathroom at Pueblo High School on August 9th. Trish's 16 year old daughter returned home and told her many students had no idea. "There were assemblies going on and nobody was aware of it," she said. "And I asked my daughter, 'Did they even search the school?' And she said not that she's aware of."
Now Trish is upset and concerned for her daughter's safety and came to 9OYS.
"I want to know why they didn't lock the school down. They should have put those kids in lockdown and search the whole school," she said.
So why didn't staff do that?
District spokeperson Cara Rene told KGUN9, "Because they knew who the student was, they knew where the weapon was, they made a determination that nothing else was going on, and it was contained. That doesn't fall under the procedures of a lockdown."
She said a TUSD school will go on lockdown -- for these reasons. "They don't know who they're dealing with and there are elements that are uncontrolled that they're not aware of. That was not the case."
Instead, Pueblo's principal sent home letters explaining to parents the student fired the gun accidentally.
But Trish feels that's not enough. "No, that didn't satify me. i want my child safe when she goes to school. I don't want to have to worry." she said.
Rene says the 15 year old student will not be back on campus -- and Tucson Police told KGUN9 he faces felony charges. "Firing a weapon within Tucson limits, having a gun on campus and being a prohibited possessor."
TUSD is reviewing its safety procedures, including looking into how a student was able to get a gun on school grounds. Staff will meet over the next few days to determine whether the school needs to change its policies and procedures to ensure students are safe on campus.