On Thursday, administration officials at A&M Consolidated High School were forced to deal with a scary scenario that many schools across America have dealt with recently.
Superintendent Eddie Coulson, said school officials were immediately notified when a student acted on his desire to purchase a gun. College Station Police took over the situation from that point.
"A student did solicit a gun from another student. There was never a gun on at the high school but the student asked for one at the high school from another student," Coulson said.
College Station Police were brought in and the student was put in the care of the Brazos County Juvenile Services. On Friday morning, a juvenile judge determined the student should remain in the county's juvenile detention center for the next ten days.
It is believed the student wanting the gun was seeking revenge against bullies. Janice Burke is a Safe and Drug Free School Education Specialist for Education Service Center Region VI. Her job is to help educators provide an environment that is truly safe.
"Bullying is very prevalent today," Burke said.
Prior to Thursday's incident, CSISD had already scheduled a staff development training seminar on bullying for Consol teachers.
"It's important that they be able to observe students, see behaviors that are violent and different things like that. Also, I think it's very important that they know the things and signs in a victim."
Burke said those signs can include: change in a child's normal behavior, unexplained bruises, fear of going to school, school work suffering, and isolation. Teachers also need to be aware that bullying happens in the classroom, on the bus, anywhere--even through cyberspace.
"Cyberbullying can be over the internet, it can even be over cell phones," Burke said. "We have a lot of kids that are using their cell phones to, you know, victimize.
All of which can lead victims to thoughts of suicide or aggression through violence. Coulson said the seminar will help teachers recognize bullies and their victims, while at the same time, give them ways to intervene before tragedy can strike.
"We have to be proactive, we have to prepare for things that we hope never ever happen," Coulson said.
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