Priceville police: 2 freshmen in custody after gun found in school; maybe as trade for tobacco

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Posted: Mar 11, 2021 11:02 AM
Updated: Mar 11, 2021 9:16 PM

Priceville High School was put on lockdown Thursday after a student brought a gun to school.

The Priceville Police Department said they believe the student was planning to exchange the pistol for some tobacco products with another student. The two students could face criminal charges.  

Priceville Police Chief Rick Williams told WAAY 31 that two ninth-grade male students were taken into custody. They were released to their parents around 2 p.m. Thursday.

Everyone's heard the saying "if you see something, say something." Well, it also applies to if you hear something, say something, and that's what a few students decided to do Thursday morning. 

"They took the liberty, thank goodness, of reporting what they overheard on the school bus, which led to the end of this unfortunate situation," said Williams. "Without that, we may have never known about this.”

Police officers arrived to the school shortly after the school went on lockdown. Investigators believe the two freshmen were trading a pistol for tobacco products. Williams said the pistol and tobacco products were confiscated, as well as ammunition.

Wendy Houser has a grandson at Priceville Junior High School, but she was still concerned when she heard about the incident. 

“It’s scary. I can only imagine the parents, you know, and what they were feeling and what they were doing until they got information. It had to be terrifying," she said.

Williams said they do not believe the students intended to harm anyone with the gun, so he said the community should rest easy. 

"We do not believe that there was any threat, and the parents and the citizens of Priceville can rest and take a deep breath. Everyone is safe, all the children are safe, and the Priceville Police Department is going to do everything they can do to make sure that continues."

Regardless, a school is no place for a gun.

“To have it on school property is no place to have a gun at all," said Houser. "So, I don’t know what they were thinking. They should have known better than to have a gun on school property.”

Williams said the next step is the students going to the juvenile court system.

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