Third-grader found with empty handgun on Chandler campus

A third-grade Chandler Elementary School student was found with an unloaded gun in his backpack Friday afternoon.

His teacher found the gun after becoming suspicious of the way the student was holding the backpack, said Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor.

No ammunition was found after the student was searched.

The 9-year-old boy did not resist the search, said Diane Boyett, Victoria school district spokeswoman.

"There was nothing found to indicate any threat to any student," Boyett said.

The student, who is too young to be arrested or detained, will face disciplinary action under state and federal laws as addressed in the school district's Student Code of Conduct, according to the letter posted on the school district website.

This is the second incident of a student bringing a gun to a Victoria school this year and at least the third time in the Crossroads.

The first one occurred in January at Patti Welder Middle School, where a seventh-grader was found with an unloaded handgun.

A Jackson-Roosevelt Elementary School student in Port Lavaca was sent home in February after an unloaded BB gun was found in his backpack.

The Victoria County Sheriff's Office is assisting in the investigation.

O'Connor said school resource officers responded to the incident and believe the student to be more curious about the gun than interested in harming anyone.

The district notified parents of the incident via a letter and the district's automated phone messaging system. The letter also was posted on the district's website.