SAN ANTONIO, TX (My San Antonio) - Police took a Madison High School student into custody Monday morning after weapons were found in his backpack.
The school was placed on lockdown around 10:15 a.m. By 11:28 p.m., the lockdown had been lifted and the school released the students back to their classes.
The male student, 17, had three loaded guns and a 12-inch knife, said Aubrey Chancellor, a spokeswoman for North East Independent School District. One of the guns was an AK-47, one was a 45-millimeter and one was a .22 cailber, Chancellor said. The student had additional magazines in his backpack, she added.
It is unknown whether he was planning a mass shooting, but Chancellor said he told district police that he intended to make some demands over the intercom system, although she did not know what those were. He told authorities that “if the demands were not met, he had planned on committing violence,” Chancellor said. She did not know whether he had a history of violence or mental health issues.
The student's parents had reported him as a runaway that morning and arrived at the school after it was determined that he was there, Chancellor said. During a meeting with school officials and their son, the student's parents asked that his backpack be checked, Chancellor said. After finding two loaded guns and the knife, his parents asked him where the third gun was, Chancellor said.
The third gun was found in a trash can in the bathroom.
Police and K-9 officers were at the school, which is in the 5000 block of Stahl Road.
Classes continued after the lockdown was lifted at about 11:30 am, but a crowd of parents lined up to pick up their teenagers.
Parents said they were worried after hearing that between 4 and 7 students had brought the loaded guns, a rumor that Chancellor said was false.
Freshman Katie Hunt, 15, said she and her entire class spent 50 minutes in a supply closet during the lockdown.
Despite the rumor mill, students said they did not know who was arrested. Some students said they hoped the school would ramp up security and maybe install metal detectors.
Chancellor said that while she understands parents instinctually want to pick up their children when they're notified of a lockdown, that school officials recommend they not swarm the campus.
Chancellor said that students have brought weapons to the high school in the past but noted that high schools in other school districts have also had to contend with similar safety concerns.
The incident comes days after an anonymous person threatened via email to carry out a mass shooting at a school. The email, sent to several employees of Northside Independent District elementary schools, said the shooting would take place last Thursday. Schools were placed on heightened alert, but no such incident took place.
Although the San Antonio Police Department determined that the threat was not credible, hundreds of parents kept their students home. School districts, which are partly funded by the state through average daily attendance numbers, lost millions in attendance revenue.