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Teen Threatens Mom, Forces Schools into Lockdown in Seminole

By Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

SEMINOLE - A 14-year-old boy in Seminole is behind bars after police say he threatened his mother with a shotgun. The incident caused Seminole Junior High and high school to go on lockdown Monday morning. Seminole police said the school was never threatened by the teen.

"Apparently a son pulled a gun on his mother," Seminole Police Chief, Bernie Kraft, said. "It was a .410 shotgun, she ran out of the house, of course. Officers got there, got her to cover and started figuring out what was going on."

Kraft said police began trying to locate the teen.

"We did try calling him out from the outside of the house using our PA system, weren't getting a response. There wasn't a land line, wasn't a cell phone we could reach him on," he said.

When they couldn't find him, that's when officers decided to put the campuses on lockdown.

"We decided since there was ample time for him to get out the back door, the junior high is only three blocks away. Our concern was always the safety of the children," Kraft said."We called the high school too to let them know we had a situation and for precaution, we want the schools locked down."

Officers finally went into the home and found the teen. 

"He finally came out and gave up peaceably. After we got him secured, we found the .410 shotgun in the bedroom but it was not loaded," Kraft explained.

The teen was arraigned on Monday morning. He's been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, family violence. But even though he's only 14-years-old, Kraft said that doesn't necessarily mean he'll get off easy.

"It'll go to the juvenile court, which is your family court anyway, you can still get sent for prison time," he said.

After being arraigned, the teen was transferred to Garza County Youth Detention Center.

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