Longview Police were contacted Tuesday, Sept. 12 when Foster Middle School staff discovered a loaded handgun in one of the bathrooms. 

Handgun found on Foster Middle campus

Wed Sep 12, 2007

Longview Police were contacted Tuesday, Sept. 12 when Foster Middle School staff discovered a loaded handgun in one of the bathrooms. 

The .380 pistol was found by campus staff in the bathroom and law enforcement was contacted immediately. There were no other students or staff in the bathroom at the time. 

Assistant Superintendent Dennis Williams said student safety is top priority at Longview ISD and the district is cooperating with the police investigation. 

"While no direct threat was made concerning the weapon, we still take matters like this with the utmost caution and concern," he said. "We are currently working with Longview Police Department's investigation, and will be following district procedure with regard to the student or students involved." 

Wednesday, Sept. 13th UPDATE from Mr. John York, Principal of Foster Middle School:
"The student who brought the weapon to school has been identified. No threat was made to any student or faculty member by the actor. The student is currently suspended pending expulsion under Chapter 37.007 of the Texas Education Code. Bringing a gun on campus is punishable by expulsion for a period of 1 year. Any and all punishment will be pursued to the fullest extent. The student is also subject to criminal prosecution and is currently under investigation by juvenile detectives at the Longview Police Department in conjunction with the Gregg County Criminal District Attorney's office."

"Preventative actions are of utmost importance. Student safety is our number one concern. Two LPD officers are present each day to assist us in providing security and a safe environment for your child. We have an active crime stoppers program where students are encouraged and rewarded for submitting information regarding any type of illegal activity on or off campus. Students are closely supervised throughout the day from the time they arrive each morning until they depart at the end of the day. Throughout the day teachers, administrators and other school personnel are present in the halls for every class change. In addition, security officers sweep the halls, restrooms and outside areas after every class change. Students are encouraged on our daily announcements to report any type of problem to an adult on campus. Again, the safety of your child is our number one concern.

"Questions may be directed to me at (903) 446-2720."