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Humble High School students charged with felonies for allegedly bringing gun to campus

The arrest of two students on Tuesday followed an incident Monday in which another Humble ISD campus, Kingwood High School, was placed on lockdown because a gun was suspected to be on campus.

Humble High School. Taken March 26, 2008.
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Humble High School. Taken March 26, 2008.

A pair of Houston-area high school students were arrested and charged with felonies this week after allegedly bringing a gun to their campus.

The two 17-year-old students at Humble High School northeast of Houston have been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon in a prohibited place, according to Harris County court documents, which show that both were arrested Tuesday and released from jail Wednesday on bonds totaling $25,000. One of the students is a boy and the other a girl, and as part of their court-ordered bond conditions, they are prohibited from having contact with each other or from being on school property.

Campus administrators and Humble ISD police, after receiving a report about a gun at the school, investigated and found a firearm in one of the students' backpacks, according to a letter to parents that was written by Humble High School principal Dairus Cosby and provided by the school district to Houston Public Media. Both students were considered to be in possession of the gun, according to the letter, which says they both also will face consequences from the school district.

"No students or staff members were harmed or actively threatened," Cosby also wrote. "... We have multiple measures in place to keep students safe, and one of our most important safety strategies is the proactive sharing of information. Our system worked to resolve this serious concern quickly and without incident."

The gun-related arrests came one day after another Humble ISD campus, Kingwood High School, was placed on lockdown for part of the day. A student's mother had called the school and 911 to report that her child was being threatened with a weapon, which prompted the lockdown and a response by both the Houston Police Department and U.S. Customs, according to a letter to parents that was written by principal Michael Nasra and provided by the school district.

A subsequent investigation revealed that two classmates had gotten into a disagreement, with one student telling the other "they were going to kill them," according to Nasra, who said the threatened student relayed that information to a parent.

"The student who made the threat was located and detained," Nasra wrote. "A search revealed no weapon on any person or on campus."

The letter by Nasra, who did not address whether the student who made the threat faced disciplinary action, also mentioned a video posted on social media that showed a police officer carrying a weapon at Kingwood High School on Monday. The principal said it belonged to an HPD officer involved in the investigation and was "not a weapon that was confiscated on campus."