By: Julia Deng
MONAHANS - Monahans Police apprehended an elementary school student Monday morning after he allegedly stole a firearm from the Ace Hardware store on Betty Avenue and left it on Monahans-Wickett-Pyote Independent School District property.
According to the burglary report obtained by NewsWest 9, the child broke in to Ace Hardware through the window and took a Bushmaster Carbon 15 rifle valued at $1,349.00.
An officer was dispatched to the scene around 5 a.m. after the store's burglary alarm went off.
Brian Franks, the Ace Hardware employee listed as the complainant in Monahans Police reports, had no comment.
"The firearm was found by police authorities on school property," said Kellye Riley, the Monahans-Wickett-Pyote ISD superintendent.
"It was not inside a school building [but] it was on school property."
Riley confirmed the 10-year-old is enrolled in one of the district's elementary schools.
She said parents were not notified of the incident and campuses were not placed on lockdown because the rifle was confiscated by police and the student was apprehended before the start of the school day.
"Because of the early morning hours, the security and safety of the students or employees was not at jeopardy. The incident had been cleared up [and] it was over before anyone got to school on Monday."
Riley said the district "would have done an immediate lockdown" if the incident had happened later in the morning, around 8 a.m.
This is the first time a firearm has been discovered on Monahans-Wickett-Pyote ISD property.
"Kids have brought little fake knives to school, but nothing like this has really happened," said 10-year-old Grace Grigry, a student at Sudderth Elementary School.
She and her grandfather said they "weren't rattled" by the incident.
"I really like my teachers [and] I still feel safe [attending a Monahans school]," said Grigry.
"Possession of a firearm" is listed as grounds for mandatory expulsion by TCTA, the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.
According to Superintendent Riley, the 10-year-old is currently still enrolled in the district and will "face the appropriate consequences" after being released from police custody.
For now, she's focusing on the approximately 2,000 other students in the district.
"We always are going to remain proactive with the safety and security of our students. We are hoping to upgrade our district-wide security system, hopefully with new check-in procedures [for visitors] and surveillance cameras at every school."