Lancaster High School in Texas was recently placed on lockdown when students began talking about a possible gun threat on campus. The school authorities took the rumors seriously and locked the school down for multiple hours. Some students headed to the administration when they began hearing that a student had a firearm in his backpack. The school officials ordered the lock down and police took the suspect into custody. The individual was not immediately charged with a crime. If they had found a gun on his person, then the juvenile could have been arrested and charged with bringing a firearm on a school campus. As well, the students that reported the gun rumor could have been arrested for false threats if they had invented the story to avoid a test or to trick the student body. The state of Texas regards gun laws as serious business, and wants to be extra careful when it comes to firearms and schools.
The federal law demands that all schools that are receiving federal funds enact state laws that require schools to expel for not less than one year, a student who brings a weapon to school or possesses a weapon at school. A firearm is considered any weapon which can be converted to expel a projectile by action of an explosive. The only exceptions to this rule are antique firearms and fireworks. As well, knives are only regarded under state law, but not deferral law. The Texas Penal Code prohibits all people from bringing guns to school whether student of staff. A student who violates this law can be charged with a third degree felony in the state which means that they can send to prison for their crime. A third degree felony in the state typically comes with imprisonment for a minimum of two years and a fine up to $10,000. If you have been charged with bringing a firearm onto a school campus and are now facing these punishments, then contact a lawyer at the
D’Amore Law Firm for defense!