Waxahachie ISD officials believe a weapon recovered from a student’s pickup Monday had been used on a hunting trip and was being given back by one student to its owner, another student.

In a serious error in judgment, however, that exchange took place on the campus parking lot and in violation of the law prohibiting weapons on school property.

Police were contacted about the weapon, with the two students taken into custody. No ammunition was found in the weapon or in the truck.

“At this time, we believe the gun was related to a recent hunting trip,” principal David Nix said in a letter being sent out to parents today. “Such incidents are extremely rare in our school and our district; however, we take each incident seriously.”

Possession of a weapon on school grounds is prohibited, with Nix noting in his letter that the students responsible have been identified and arrested.

“School discipline will be administered according to the guidelines in our student code of conduct,” Nix said.

Due to privacy provisions, district officials were unable to comment further. The detective handling the case with the Waxahachie Police Department was not immediately available for comment.

Ironically, the incident occurred the day before an already scheduled meeting by the district relating to security and safety on campuses.

During the meeting, which was held earlier today, district and city officials met with several community representatives, with the primary topic consideration whether WISD should move from a security department to a district-based police department.

District officials stressed during the meeting they want community input on the idea of whether or not to implement a district-based police department, an idea that has been under consideration for several months now.

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