Del Valle High placed on hold after student showed BB gun at lunch

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DEL VALLE, Texas (KXAN) — A student who showed a BB gun in the cafeteria during lunch led to Del Valle High School keeping students on a hold Wednesday, meaning everyone had to remain in classrooms or wherever they were on campus.

Administrators were alerted to the situation, and the BB gun was taken.

Some students left the school after reacting to seeing the BB gun, which caused the campus to be placed on hold while students came back to the building.

“We want to reiterate, the panic created today was the result of a displayed BB gun, not a real firearm,” district leaders told KXAN in an email.

The district explained a hold is issued when hallways need to be kept clear, even during class changes. The hold on Del Valle High was released at about 3 p.m.

District officials said no weapons were found on campus. The school returned to normal operations.

The student who brought the BB gun may face disciplinary consequences, as does any student who brings an item that could be considered a weapon or toy lookalike to school, district officials say.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office responded to the high school, but deputies were cleared from the call.

Thursday night, DVISD announced that beginning Monday, Oct. 25, students will only be able to wear clear or mesh backpacks on campuses for the rest of the year. DVISD says it will provide backpacks to students who need them.

School safety town hall meetings

Del Valle High School says it’s hosting a series of town halls for families to discuss the school’s safety plans. Meetings will be held Oct. 27 for ninth grade families; Oct. 28 for 10th grade families; Nov. 1 for 11th grade families; and Nov. 2 for 12th grade families.

All meetings will be held at 6 p.m. in the Del Valle High School auditorium.

Parent Advisory Committee

Del Valle HS Principal Ameka Hunt said in a letter Thursday afternoon that she’s beginning a Parent Advisory Committee soon. Families can click here to find out more.

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