AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 17-year-old student and a juvenile student at IDEA Allan College Preparatory charter school in southeast Austin were arrested after police and school officials discovered they had a brought a gun to school.
According to an arrest affidavit, Anibal Escobar-Mejia was given the semiautomatic pistol by a younger student. School officials say on Tuesday, May 22, around 1:15 p.m., they were informed by multiple students that another student brought a gun to school.
After interviewing that student, he told principal he gave the gun to his high school mentor, identified as Escobar-Mejia, during lunch. When the principal questioned Escobar-Mejia, he pulled the firearm from his waistband.
According to the affidavit, Escobar-Mejia said he intended to turn the gun into a specific teacher but “made no attempt to give possession over to any other teacher” or other school staff. Officials believe the suspect had the gun on campus from 12:12 p.m.-1:40 p.m.
A letter sent home to parents from the school indicates the gun was not loaded.
“In light of the recent horrific crimes happening across Texas and other places, we recognize the severity of any threat—real or perceived—against our students and we are doing everything we can to ensure that all of our students are learning and growing in a safe environment every day,” IDEA wrote in a statement.