In a statement that was released on Facebook Friday evening, Aledo ISD officials addressed a post that was made about the arrests of two Aledo Middle School students on Nov. 15.
“Two AMS students have been taken into custody for conduct that occurred off school property and outside of school hours,” according to the statement. “Additionally, it has been alleged that the AMS students involved had possession of concealed, unloaded firearms in the parking lot of AMS last weekend during non-school hours.”
The statement was put together by AISD Police Chief Fred Collie, AISD Superintendent Dr. Susan K. Bohn and Aledo Middle School Principal Mandy Musselwhite in an effort to release accurate information about the incident.
“Immediately after AMS staff members were made aware of the allegations related to this incident, safety precautions were taken and it was determined that there were no firearms on campus,” according to the statement. “The safety and security of our students and staff is our first priority, always. Please be assured that we will take all necessary action to protect our students and staff. At any time, if we have reason to believe that students or staff are in danger at any of our campuses, you will be notified.”
AISD Board of Trustees Secretary Forrest Collins said as an AISD parent, he knows the district would contact him if something dangerous was occurring.
“In no way am I speaking for the district, but I want to make a few things clear regarding the events that occurred on Friday and the district communication. First, I have always believed and do believe the safety and security of our children is the No. 1 priority of Aledo ISD. That has never been a question for me. Second, social media and parent phone calls had nothing to do with the district releasing information to parents. As a parent that understands my district would contact me immediately if a dangerous situation occurred, I would much rather have complete information than incomplete information that feeds into the hysteria that gets created on social media.”
Collins said he had spoken with Bohn before the Facebook post was made.
“They were collecting information on the incident and examining how to give as much information as legally possible to parents,” Collins said. “I trust that if there was an imminent threat, that phone calls would have been made immediately to parents.”
The Parker County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that they are handling the investigation, which stemmed from a case involving burglary of habitation and theft of firearms.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said two male students, ages 13 and 14, were taken into custody Nov. 15, one at Aledo Middle School. The other student was brought to the sheriff’s office by a parent.
“We want to stress to all concerned parents and citizens that at no time were other students or faculty members in danger,” Fowler said. “The suspects were not in possession of ammunition and at no time were weapons taken inside of any school buildings.”
According to the sheriff’s office, an Aledo resident had reported two weapons were stolen from his residence and told sheriff’s deputies that the males did not have permission to be inside of his home. The homeowner told deputies that he suspected the two males had taken two .40 caliber handguns.
Interviews were conducted and both juveniles suspects implicated themselves to investigators, stating they had taken the weapons, according to the sheriff’s office.
AISD said parents are welcome to contact the district for any concerns.
“While we are unable to share further details of this incident, due to the pending criminal investigation, as always, please contact us with any concerns that you have,” according to the AISD statement.
Both students were taken into custody to an undisclosed juvenile facility and charged with burglary of a habitation and theft of a firearm, according to the sheriff’s office. The identities of the juveniles will not be released since they are minors.