Police quickly resolve gun incident at Dallas High

Police find firearm near campus; no one hurt

DALLAS – A tip from a concerned parent resulted in a quick resolution to an incident in which a student brought a gun to Dallas High School Tuesday afternoon.

At about 12:25 p.m., school district officials called police about a rumor called in by a parent that a student had a gun on campus. Dallas officers searched the school grounds for the firearm – and with the cooperation of the suspect – were able to locate the weapon near the high school.

No one – including the suspect -- was hurt in the incident, police said.

The pistol was an antique .44 magnum revolver that the suspect had taken from a family member without permission.

That suspect, a juvenile, has been referred on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, tampering with physical evidence, and unlawful possession of a firearm in a public building. Possible involvement of other juveniles remains under investigation.

Police are not releasing a motive at this time, but said it doesn’t appear the suspect had intentions of committing any immediate violence at the school.

“We are very thankful for the bravery of the student who told their parent and the parent who called the school,” said Dallas Lt. Jerry Mott. “These actions, along with the diligent efforts of school staff, made the youth of our community safer today.”

Interim Superintendent Dennis Engle said district officials are not aware of any specific threats or the reason the student brought the pistol to school.

“This afternoon (Tuesday) we faced a potentially dangerous situation at the high school that was quickly defused because of cooperation among and quick responses by our student body, parents, staff and law enforcement,” Engle said in a statement.

Normal classes are being held today (Wednesday) and teachers are talking to students about how to respond to similar situations in the future.

“We remain very grateful for the quick thinking and actions taken today (Tuesday) by students, parents, police officers and staff,” Engle said.

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