Terrible story. An armed 8th grader has been shot dead by police in Brownsville, Texas in the halls of the Cummings Middle School. Continuing updates here as details are released. UPDATE: It is not know whether the armed 15 year old fired at anyone (revised – title revised as well). See additional UPDATES below.
Brownsville police Detective J.J. Trevino said police received a call at about 8 a.m. that there was someone with a weapon at Cummings Middle School. Police found the 15-year-old student with a handgun in a hallway and shot him, Trevino said.
Cameron County Justice of the Peace Kip V. Johnson Hodge told The Brownsville Herald the student died.
Trevino said the school was immediately placed on lockdown, and that no one else was injured.
A school administrator apparently noticed the student carrying the gun and called Brownsville and school district police, Trevino said. He said investigators hadn’t determined whether the student fired any shots, and he said he had no information on why the student might have had the gun on him.
UPDATE 4:27 pm 1-4-12: There isn’t much new to report at this time except that there are changes in classes tomorrow, January 5th.
Cummings Middle School will be closed to students on Thursday, January 5, 2012. Cummings classes will be held at the new Daniel Breeden Elementary School located at 3955 Dana Road. Breeden which was recently completed is vacant. Cummings students who ride school buses will be transported directly to and from Breeden Elementary from their bus stops. Students who walk to Cummings will be taken to and from Breeden on school buses from the Cummings campus. Parents who provide their own transportation are asked to drop off and pick up their children at Breeden. These arrangements are for Thursday, January 5 only.
Regular classes and school operation will resume at the Cummings Middle School campus on Friday, January 6, 2012.
UPDATE 11:26 am 1-4-12: The New York Post is saying that student was armed with a rifle and refused to drop it.
UPDATE 11:10 am 1-4-12: The Brownsville Herald is reporting another student was detained for questioning. No one has been identified at this time.