Boy Brandishing Cellphone Like a Gun Set Off Lockdown at Mesquite Middle School, Officials Say

A lockdown at a Mesquite middle school Friday was initiated after a teenager pointed a cellphone like a gun at a group, the city manager said. City Manager Cliff Keheley explained what led up to the incident at Terry Middle School in a Facebook post Monday.Police, fire and EMS responded about 3 p.m. to the school in the 2300 block of Edwards-Church Road to a call of possible gunfire in a field near the school.Witnesses saw a student walking toward them from the same area and said the student appeared to be pointing something at them. Fearing the student had a gun, the witnesses ran into the building and a lockdown was initiated, Keheley said. The student, a 13-year-old boy whose name has not been released, was detained and later admitted to investigators that he pointed a cell phone at the other students as though it were a gun, he said. "His intent was to alarm the other students and claims he did not have a gun in his possession," Keheley said.   Continue reading...

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