Former Bowie High School student apprehended for illegal entry on school premises

Former Bowie High School student arrested at gunpoint on campus

A former student of Bowie High School in Austin, Texas was apprehended by police officers at gunpoint outside the Fine Arts building. The school administration stated that the individual was trespassing, resulting in the presence of additional officers and counselors on campus on Tuesday, September 5, as a precautionary measure.

Concerns have arisen among parents, particularly after a video circulated on social media showing armed officers near the presence of children. Marie Leann, a parent, expressed her apprehension about the potential risks that could have unfolded in such a scenario.

Bowie High School Principal, Mark Robinson, assured families in a letter that no weapons were found, and the individual did not make any threats. He further emphasized that the campus was secure during and after the incident.

Parents who wish to provide support for their children in light of the incident were urged to contact the counseling team at the school. Additionally, parents shared their reactions, with Marie Leann disputing the notion that the campus was safe, as depicted in the official statement. She called for a thorough safety review by the district.

On the other hand, Sharon, who preferred not to disclose her last name, commended the collaborative effort between different parties involved in handling the situation. While she acknowledged the possibility of quicker action, she believed that the authorities acted appropriately.

David Kauffman, AISD Board Trustee representing the district where Bowie High School is located, stated that incidents like these require a delicate balance of communication, privacy, and responsive action towards parental concerns. Kauffman recognized the district’s initiative to evaluate their response and identify areas for improvement, emphasizing the importance of effective communication throughout the process.

The Austin Police Department (APD) provided information regarding the incident, stating that on September 4, 2023, at approximately 6:40 p.m., APD officers responded to a trespassing call in the 4100 block of W Slaughter Ln. A juvenile was arrested in connection with this incident. Due to legal restrictions, the police are unable to disclose any further details regarding the identity or specifics of the individual.

Furthermore, the Austin Independent School District (AISD) emphasized their commitment to protecting student and staff security, citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which prohibits the public disclosure of personally identifiable information about students. They encouraged the community to report any suspicious behavior to Austin ISD police in their collective effort to maintain a safe campus environment.

In light of this incident, Bowie High School and the district administration continue to prioritize the safety and well-being of all students, while also considering the need for transparency and communication with parents and the wider community.

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