Gun “has been secured” on campus of Monterey H.S.

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Parents received a notification from Lubbock ISD Wednesday morning.  It said a gun was brought onto the campus of Monterey High School.  

“The weapon has been secured,” the notification said. 

As of 10:20 a.m., the students were still in the “hold protocol.”  The school was never on lockdown.  The hold protocol means students are asked to stay in their classrooms.  

LISD said No threat was ever made.  The following is the notification sent to parents. 

Good morning, Monterey Plainsmen family,
We are aware a gun was brought onto the campus today, and the weapon has been secured. Out of an abundance of caution, the hold protocol has been enacted while law enforcement ensures the campus is secure. Students and staff are safe and instruction is continuing normally. Please do not come to campus to pick up your student because this will delay the clearance process. An additional notification will be sent when the campus is clear. Having a weapon on campus is a direct violation of Lubbock ISD policy. There were no threats made; however, we have zero tolerance for any type of weapon on school grounds. Disciplinary action will be taken against the student(s) involved. We are committed to student safety and keeping you informed. Thank you for your continued support of our school.
Jack Purkeypile
Principal, Monterey High School

Later in the day, Lubbock ISD issued the following statement:

The administration at Monterey High School became aware of a student on campus in possession of a weapon around 10 a.m. this morning. The student was promptly detained and the weapon was confiscated and secured. As a precautionary measure, the campus hold protocol was briefly enacted as Lubbock ISD police officers completed their investigation. The hold status instructs teachers and students to remain in classrooms and continue instruction normally. Another student who was linked to the weapon was also detained.

No threats were made; however, possession of a weapon on campus is a direct violation of district policy. Lubbock ISD has a zero tolerance policy for any type of weapon on school grounds and appropriate disciplinary action has been taken against the students involved.

Families received notification of these actions via text and email. We encourage parents and guardians to speak with their students about the severity of this situation and emphasize that if students see something, to say something to a teacher, staff member, or an administrator.

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