MIDLAND, Texas — A terrifying afternoon for Midland High students, parents and staff as the school went into lock down.
A student sent video from inside the classroom to NewsWest 9 as officers were going class-to-class, evacuating students.
The video starts out eerie, the classroom is dark and the teacher has instructed students to stay quiet. Then police come in.
“Police! Hands up, hands up, hands up!,” the video shows. In that moment, students put their hands up and are instructed to leave their bags and leave the classroom in a single-file line.
The student who took the video tells NewsWest 9 that he was scared and sat in the dark classroom for an hour.
“I heard a few screams and the police in the hallways,” he said.
Midland ISD officials saying Thursday night that a student was detained and released. Those tense moments started with a crime stoppers tip Thursday afternoon just after 3 p.m.
According to MISD, the tip said a student had pulled out a gun and pointed it at another student.
That tip put the school on lock down. No shots were fired and no one was hurt, according to district officials.
One person was taken into custody but later released. Charges are not known at this time.
During a press conference on Friday, Midland ISD officials said they believe the tip was credible. However no gun was ever found.
NewsWest 9 is also getting first-hand accounts from students about how the afternoon played out from inside of the classroom and from parents who rushed to the school looking for their children.
“I just want my son to be safe,” Antonio Diaz said. “My son said that he didn’t know what was going on. He’s a little scared. I can tell by his text messages. He said he’s okay, so that feels good.”
Diaz was among dozens of parents who made their way to the school, praying their student’s were ok.
As a dad, I’m sure they won't let me run through there, but if I could, I would,” Diaz said. “He's our child and he's actually our youngest son. He's 16 years old. We love him to death.”
Students from inside clinging to their friends, hoping for the best.
We all sat against the wall and got our friends closest to us and just prayed,” sophomore McKenzi May said. “I’m so relieved to be out of there and okay. I'm happy to see my mom.”
Midland ISD said on Friday they had two extra crisis counselors on hand in addition to their six on-campus regulars to help students cope with the situation.
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