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3 teens detained with BB gun after El Paso High School lockdown due to reports of armed gunmen

Police take a teenager into custody outside El Paso High School on Thursday morning following an incident with a BB gun.
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A parent comforts a student leaving El Paso High School after a gun incident.
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Map shows location of El Paso High School in the central part of the city.

EL PASO, Texas -- Police detained three teenagers with a BB gun after searching room by room in a locked down El Paso High School on Thursday morning following reports of gunmen at the school.

"Initial reports said there were three armed subjects in black walking into the school," according to a police spokesman.

Police later tweeted the three were being detained and officers had recovered a BB gun. ABC-7 crews outside the school observed officers taking teenagers into custody, and a school district spokesman said the trio never actually made it inside the building.

While the three youths were released by school district police come late afternoon, authorities said charges were pending.

As a precaution, authorities had continued to search the school even after the three teens were in custody; the scene was later cleared and the lockdown lifted as of 11:15 a.m., officials said.

Police vehicles had surrounded the school as law enforcement helicopters hovered over the building in central El Paso and nearby streets were closed for much of the morning. Surrounding middle and elementary schools were also put on lockout at the time, officials said.

Concerned parents were sent to the park on East Schuster Avenue at Brown Street during the ordeal, which is where they were briefed by authorities. Once the lockdown was lifted, school officials allowed students to be picked up right away at the Schuster entrance to the school - although some stayed in classes until the regular dismissal time.

School leaders said counselors would be available to students on Friday and increased security measures would be implemented.

Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.



    1. Walmart wants to restrict legal firearm owners by taking handgun ammunition out, but they have a large selection of BB and pellet pistols that look like real guns.

      They also sell beer pong sets for all the younger folks to encourage drinking. Something just ain’t right about that.

  1. Hey, KVIA – honest, fair question; where’s the story about the absolute DRUBBING Beto suffered down in Ft. Bend?
    Bay-toe went ALL IN to help Democrats win that special election/open seat contest- and LOST, BADLY.
    Let’s write that up, let’s inform his fellow El Pasoans.

    1. Loser Beto is the laughing stock of Texas especially El Paso. Even El Paso Strong can’t help him. Time to get him into a nut house and throw away the keys. Even his cows gave up waxing his ass.

  2. It’s always a joke to these idiot CHILDREN until they find out it’s not to the rest of the world, expel all three of them and send them to an alternative school where they don’t have any friends and then let them suffer the ridicule of being the newest dumbasses on campus. Now for the parents of these dummies, they need to pay for the time and effort the LEO’s put out hunting down these three idiots down. I’m sure the other parents were terrified when the news broke that their children might be in harms way. IF there is a way you can make them pay through a civil court, I’d be all over that route, until you teach your children to behave like normal, respectful members of society you should be libel for there actions

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