To the Editor:

Re: Student caught with weapon at Killeen school

In the Killeen Daily Herald’s Our Texas section of Jan. 31, there is yet another incident of a student bringing a weapon to school.

The article does not identify the kind of weapon that was brought to school. I will assume it was a firearm, based on the fact that it “made” the paper.

It sounds like the school administration did exactly the right thing as soon as they learned there was a weapon on their premises. They investigated and confiscated the weapon. The principal and her staff should be commended for their quick and decisive action that may well have prevented a tragedy.

The article states that the principal also sent a letter to the parents, “addressing the issue,” which I think is very appropriate. At the end of the article it is stated, “The school is taking disciplinary action against the student, whose name and grade were not released.”

If it was a firearm, I would hope that the Killeen PD or KISD police will issue a citation to the parents of this student.

It is the parent’s responsibility according to state law to keep firearms out of the hands of minor children, not KISD’s.

I am certain a stiff fine assessed to the parents of $3,000 to $5,000 would go a long way to remind them, and send the right message to the community.

George Van Riper

Harker Heights

(2) comments


Well, before we go around fining people, we might want to have a little thing called "due process" in order to determine the facts.

Facts like the parents owned the firearm, and failed to secure it, making them subject to Chapter 46 of the penal code, before we write citations and impose fines without a trial.

Or perhaps they unlawfully transferred the firearm and violated that law.

Right now, we have no idea what happened, and do not have facts.

So calling for illegal fines, unlawful punishments, and similar actions, before the facts are clear, is premature at best.


You want to hold parents responsible for what their kids do!?!? I thought we were trying to "progress" past the old ways of thinking!!!

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