MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Bringing a gun to school landed a Midland teen behind bars on Thursday. He was arrested Thursday morning at Premier High School. Midland Police say 17-year-old Juan Sabastian Dominguez was caught with a .22 caliber pistol at the charter school on West Illinois in Midland.
"It makes me nervous. It makes me really nervous," said a resident who lives near Premier High School.
Dominguez was caught carrying the weapon around 8:30 Thursday morning. Police say Dominguez told them he brought the gun to school for protection because he believed he was going to be jumped.
"It's the kids coming up and this is what they're having to deal with and it's scary," said another resident who lives near Premier High School.
"Nowadays you have to worry about kids taking guns to school, whether is high school or junior high. It's a scary thought. Now I'm more protective with my children," said Marc Dimming, who live near Premier High School.
Both of those residents have children of their own and they told us what they blame for dangerous situations like this one.
"I think parents need to be parents, discipline their kids and teach them right from wrong," said Dimming.
"I just think people need to be talking to their kids and they need to be paying attention to what's going on, to who they are talking to, who they are hanging around," said a resident who lives near Premier High School.
Dominguez is now facing third degree felony charges for bringing the gun to school. For one woman we talked to, this incident hits close to home. She told us she worked in education for years.
"You're putting your life in fear as a teacher or principal you can't run schools like you used to back then. It doesn't surprise me at all," said a resident who lives near Premier High School.
She says there's a solution to bring a stop to dangerous situations like this one.
"I believe it's going to have to come to the fact that we're going to need metal detectors and the doors," said a resident who lives near Premier High School.
"Just keep your family close. Give them a hug and tell them you love them because any day could be your last day and no matter what it is you just want to make sure you're paying attention," said a resident who lives near Premier High School.