Student brings toy gun to Central Middle, Nederland ISD responds

Published 10:32 am Thursday, December 19, 2019

NEDERLAND — School officials said there are no safety concerns after a report of a child bringing a plastic toy gun to a Nederland school Thursday morning.

Stuart Kieschnick, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction with Nederland Independent School District, said some time before school a child at Central Middle School called his parents to tell them another student had brought a plastic toy gun to school. The child’s parents called the school.

As far as officials know, the student did not wave the toy around or make threats.

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Kieschnick said the principal was notified and immediately found the child’s backpack and started protocol.

Protocol, Kieschnick said, is to get police involved and call NISD administrators to alert them to the issue. In addition, a call-out was made to parents whose children attend Central Middle School, telling them of the situation, that there was no danger and the gun was plastic and a toy.

“To make sure the rumors do not supersede the truth,” Kieschnick said. “We are very proud of the student who did let the parents know.”

The child who brought the toy to school has been disciplined according to the student code of conduct, he added.

Nederland Police Chief Gary Porter said police are not investigating because no criminal offense reportedly occurred but they are aware of what happened and have been in contact with NISD administration.

Information sent to parents of Central Middle School students, signed by principal Natalie Gomez, said the issue was handled quickly through the office and the majority of the campus was unaware of the incident.

“Please be certain that the safety and well-being of your child is foremost in everything we do. Also, be assured of that there was never a threat to our students or staff at any time; however, we take very seriously the district’s policy for weapons, look-alike or other dangerous instruments,” Gomez said in the letter. “We encourage you to remind your student to always notify a school authority or other adult if they hear or suspect that another student may possess a prohibited item.”

The incident comes a day before students are released for the winter holidays. There is early release on Friday and teachers return for a workday on Jan. 6 with students returning on Jan. 7.