Cuero student charged having gun in purse at school

A 16-year-old Cuero High School student was arrested Tuesday and charged with carrying a gun in her purse at school.

Assistant principal Sameera Deleon reported to Cuero police that she found the gun, but left it in the purse because she was not comfortable handling it, Cuero Police Department School Resource Officer Jeff Hobbs wrote in his report.

Hobbs searched the purse and found a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun.

School Principal Mike Cavanaugh sent a letter to parents on Tuesday letting them know of the incident.

The gun was not loaded and no ammunition was found in the purse, Hobbs reported.

The student told Deleon she did not know the gun was in her purse and the purse belonged to her sister, according to Hobbs' report.

The assistant principal told police she had been told by other students that the girl had shown them the gun, prompting the initial search.

The student was arrested and taken to the juvenile detention center in Victoria.

A hearing was held Wednesday. DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler ordered the girl to be held in the detention center for the maximum 10 days allowed by law.

The teenager is charged with having the gun in a place where weapons are prohibited, a third-degree felony.

A third-degree felony carries a range of punishment from two to 10 years in the state penitentiary and a fine of up to $10,000.