By Sahar Chmais
A Hays High School student went to campus last week with an airsoft gun in his backpack, and was overheard stating that he was planning on using it at school.
Students who heard the conversation alerted adults on campus. An administrator found the airgun, a replica toy gun used in airsoft sports, that can shoot plastic or resin round balls that look like ‘BBs.’
The student is a juvenile male, but his identity has not been released.
The Hays County Sheriff’s Office is handling any charges and the criminal case, according to Tim Savoy, Hays CISD communications director.
The student was overheard making threats regarding other students, and was arrested and charged with a 3rd degree felony due to the totality of the circumstances, according to a letter from Hays High Principal David Pierce to parents.
“Bringing a firearm, or replica, on campus and making threats is a serious offense,” Pierce wrote. “Know that we will always take whatever action is necessary to ensure that our Hays Hawks are safe everyday.”