A student was arrested Monday after a gun accidently fired at North Forney High School. Nobody was threatened or injured, but the school went into “lockdown” for several hours.
“We know today has been difficult for students and staff at North Forney High School, but we are grateful that everyone is safe,” Forney ISD Superintendent Dr. Justin Terry said Monday. “Thanks to our North Forney staff and the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), our safety protocols were followed and everything ran smoothly and orderly, and everyone is going home safe today.”
A North Forney student was found in possession of a firearm that was accidentally discharged while handling the weapon. KCSO confirmed there was no threat made, intent to fire the weapon or harm to students or staff.
The weapon was confiscated by authorities, and one student was arrested. Another student was detained, but it was later determined the student was not involved. There were no injuries.
“North Forney staff and our deputies worked together seamlessly under a very intense and stressful situation,” Sheriff Bryan Beavers said. “No one wants to be in this situation, but we take comfort that our training worked as planned. We wanted to investigate, interview, and alleviate all possible threats before releasing students. At the conclusion of the investigation, we will issue a release with the charges that have been filed upon the student.”
In an overabundance of caution, North Forney High School was placed on precautionary “lockdown,” at 11:30 a.m., and due to the close proximity of the campus, Smith Intermediate was on a precautionary “lockout.”
At 1:10 p.m. the “lockout” at Smith was lifted, and NFHS was moved to a “hold” while KCSO conducted interviews and continued their investigation.
As a part of the district’s safety protocol and reunification process, the “hold” for North Forney High School will remain in place until the end of the school day, and students are receiving lunch. Students are currently being released to parents or guardians with a photo ID through the front office. Afternoon transportation will run as normal. All after school activities will continue as planned.
We are grateful for the partnership between Forney ISD and the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department that lead to quick action and a swift resolution without any injuries.
Although it was determined there was no malicious intent, we treat every incident as if it were a threat and take every precautionary measure to ensure student and staff safety. Forney ISD assures parents these actions will not be tolerated, and we will pursue disciplinary measures to the fullest extent.