Police officers with the Houston Independent School District have arrested a student who they say brought a loaded handgun to the campus of Sterling High School in southeast Houston.
The 14-year-old boy was arrested before 11 a.m. Wednesday after HISD officers were contacted by the Houston Police Department about a student that may have brought a gun to school.
Houston police were investigating an allegation that the student used the weapon to threaten someone off campus on Tuesday afternoon.
HISD officers took the student into custody and confiscated the gun after searching him for weapons.
The student told HISD police that he had carried the weapon to protect himself from gang members in the neighborhood that surrounded the school.
HISD police did not release the name of the student but did say in a statement released on Wednesday afternoon that "appropriate disciplinary action is being taken, and the incident has been referred to the Harris County District Attorney's Office for criminal prosecution."
Parents of Sterling High School students learned about the incident by phone on Wednesday.