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(HOUSTON) — A loaded handgun was found in a student’s backpack Thursday at Cullen Middle School in southeast Houston.

School officials found out about the gun thanks to a tip. The student was detained and the weapon was confiscated.

“Please know that we take these situations very seriously. The safety of our students and staff at Cullen Middle School is always our absolute top priority,” Houston ISD stated in a release.

The student was arrested and charged with possession of a prohibited weapon in a school zone. HISD will also take disciplinary actions.

District officials said parents were immediately notified and reminded to speak with their children about the dangers of guns.

This is the second time a student has brought a loaded gun to Cullen Middle School in the past three weeks. District officials said they do not believe the incidents are related.

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