Toy gun found after boy detained in Franklin High School security scare
A security scare at Franklin High School and a search of the neighborhood by several law enforcement officers on Monday resulted in the apprehension of a teenager who turned out to have a plastic toy gun, an El Paso Independent School District spokesman said Tuesday.
The boy, who is not a student at Franklin High, was apprehended by El Paso police and turned over to EPISD police officers. EPISD did not disclose what charges, if any, the juvenile faces.
Franklin High School went into a "secure" status as a precaution at about 11:30 a.m. Monday after reports of a person with a gun in the neighborhood of the campus at 900 Resler Drive by Redd Road.
A "secure" status means that classes continue as usual, but no one is allowed to exit or enter the school's buildings.
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A large-scale search of the West Side neighborhood near the campus was conducted by EPISD and El Paso police officers, county constables, Texas state troopers and others.
By about 12:30 p.m., the boy with the toy gun was detained by police a few blocks away from the school on Night Hawk Drive, according to police radio transmissions. The boy's age was not disclosed.
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The secure status was lifted at Franklin High before 1 p.m. and school continued as usual. EPISD police remained on campus for the rest of the day as a precaution.
EPISD administration and district police are addressing issues at the campus after reviewing Monday's lockdown procedures, the EPISD said in a statement on Tuesday.
Law enforcement authorities have repeatedly cautioned that hoax school shooting threats, even if meant as a joke, can result in criminal charges and school disciplinary action.
This article originally appeared on El Paso Times: Toy gun sparked Franklin High security scare, West El Paso search