Midway Middle School administration and a Hewitt Police Department school resource officer responded to a report of a gun on campus Thursday morning, though the weapon turned out to be a BB gun, said Hewitt Police Chief James Devlin and Midway ISD administrators.

Officials responded after a student reported seeing another student with a gun in his backpack, according to an email sent to parents at 10:15 a.m. by Principal Herb Cox. Officials acted quickly and students were not in danger at any time, Cox stated. The student with the gun is an eighth-grade male, according to Midway Middle School officials.

"We immediately investigated and found a realistic-looking BB gun," he wrote. "All weapons — including fake weapons — are prohibited at school. We are grateful for the trust and relationship we have with students who immediately reported this situation so we could address it quickly. We will continue to do all we can to maintain the safety and security of our students as top priority."

The identity of the student and any disciplinary measures taken are privacy-protected information, Midway ISD spokeswoman Traci Marlin said.

Fake or lookalike weapons are specifically prohibited according to the student code of conduct, but there's not a designated disciplinary action pre-assigned to the offense, so school administrators will evaluate the situation and determine the consequence, Marlin added.

Shelly Conlon has covered K-12 education for the Tribune-Herald since July 2016. Prior to the Tribune-Herald, she was the managing editor for the Waxahachie Daily Light, and an intern for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

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