‘Legally armed’ parent causes lockdown at northwest Austin school


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A northwest Austin middle school was briefly locked down after someone saw a man carrying a gun. It turned out to be a parent who was legally carrying the firearm. He is a deputy constable for Travis County Precinct Five and was in plain clothes at the time.

Someone saw him around 11:15 a.m. and the Murchison Middle School principal said he immediately placed the building on lockdown. Austin ISD and Austin police officers arrived at the school at 3700 N. Hills Drive soon after.

They determined the man had come for a parent-teacher conference. He had checked in at the front desk, but the principal, security and school resource officers didn’t know he was carrying a gun. According to Travis County, constables don’t have a uniform but must display their badge, credentials and handcuffs. The parent had all the proper credentials at the time.

“We are working on a system to notify all necessary personnel in the event of a legally armed visitor to Murchison Middle School,” Principal Brad Clark wrote in a letter to parents.

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