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Sheriff’s office says Knippa student’s message not a threat to staff, students

Student says messages displaying weapon was a joke

The Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office determined that a message shared among Knippa ISD students displaying a weapon was not a legitimate threat to staff or students.

Late Dec. 3, a Knippa seventh-grader shared an image of a gun, initially thought to be real, in a group chat including other district students, Sheriff Ruben Nolasco said Dec. 4.

Although initially deemed threatening, the department later found that the weapon was actually a BB gun. The student later said that he shared the photo as an intended joke.

Nolasco said he was informed of the threat Dec. 3 and contacted the school district. He then spoke with the suspect’s mother via phone call the morning of Dec. 4, during which the student admitted to sending the photo. The district was informed of the identity of the student who sent the message, and the sheriff’s office is making note of the incident, Nolasco said.

The situation was resolved swiftly, and no students or staff members were harmed, according to a statement from Knippa ISD.

The district said it “has taken appropriate action to address the issue at hand.”

Superintendent Benny Hernández declined to say what specific action will be taken by the district, citing student confidentiality.

We continue to ask that all of us remain vigilant of any issue that may pose a threat to our community and immediately report it to the proper authorities,” the district’s statement read.

Sofi Zeman (szeman@ulnnow.com, 830-278-3335) covers education and crime for the Uvalde Leader-News as a Report for America corps member. Report for America (www.reportforamerica.org) is a national service program that places talented emerging journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered topics and communities across the United States and its territories.