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Parents Notified About Gun at B. McDaniel

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DENISON, TX -- Tuesday, an eighth grader at B. McDaniel in Denison reportedly brought a loaded gun to school. Some parents want to know why the school was never put into lock down. Deeda Payton has a breakdown of exactly what happened that day.

Principal Alvis Dunlap says he believes the school handled the situation quickly and correctly. He said the school does have a lock down policy, but he chose not to use it because of the time of day the gun was found.

Here is a timeline from Tuesday, the day the loaded gun was reportedly brought to school.

8:05 a.m.: The school day starts.

2:50 p.m.: Students told the principal about the rumors that an eighth grader had brought a gun to school.

3:30 p.m.: School let out.

3:45 p.m.: The loaded gun was found in a gym bag just after the school day ended.

The principal says that if he had called for a school-wide lock down it would have caused more chaos and confusion. He says the student who brought the gun actually told faculty where it was and they found it in his gym bag just after the last bell rang. The police were immediately called and then the boy's parents were called.

In a letter sent home to parents sent home Thursday, the principal says quote "the situation was dealt with swiftly and in accordance with all the stringent measures we have in place to safeguard students and staff." But, some parents were upset that they were not notified before today. "I've very upset as a parent, I'm upset how we going to keep 'em safe." "It's very shocking and very disappointing that we weren't notified immediately when it happened instead of waiting two days later."

But, Principal Dunlap says he wanted to get all the facts before notifying parents and, he says, that took all day yesterday. "I probably could have contacted them though our phone system, but what do you tell them that wouldn't cause panic and chaos."

The principal said no students or staff were targeted or threatened at any time and that the incident was a show-off tactic. He says the gun was not in the student's possession during the day and was also never in the main building.

The 14-year-old student is now in the juvenile detention center facing third degree felony charges.


Deeda Payton, KTEN News.