DONNA, Texas, (ValleyCentral) — A small handgun was confiscated from a student Monday at Todd Middle School in Donna, school district officials told ValleyCentral.
A brief message was sent to parents who have children enrolled at the campus through the school’s Blackboard Connect mass notification system, officials said.
“At 9:50 this morning,” the district wrote to parents, “we were alerted to a student with a weapon on campus. The weapon was confiscated [and] the student was taken into custody. All students [and] staff are safe at this time and we are continuing our daily operations. There is no threat to the safety of your child.”
Later Monday, the Donna Independent School District issued a release that stated a small handgun was found in a student’s backpack.
At 11:46 a.m., parents received a Blackboard message stating that an active investigation is underway.
“The campus has fully implemented safety measures and has both security officers and police officers on site,” the release stated. “In the coming weeks, we will increase the law enforcement presence at Todd Middle School and increase the use of measures such as random metal detectors. We continue to stress the importance of all stakeholders actively communicating any suspicious activity or concerns around student and staff safety.”