High Student Arrested for Threatening School Shooting, Assault

Paula Liu
By Paula Liu
September 23, 2019USshare
High Student Arrested for Threatening School Shooting, Assault
Police tape in a file image. (Getty Images)

A Texas high student was placed under arrest after he assaulted the principal and made threats to shoot up the school on Sept. 17, according to multiple reports.

Jaelon Gipson, a 17-year-old student at Terrell High School, threatened to pull a gun out of his backpack while at school and begin shooting, Fox News reported. According to Inforney.com, the Independent School District (ISD) Police were contacted in regards to a student who might have brought a firearm to school, Department Chief Gary Mork said.

“He was gesturing, reaching in, and acting like he was pulling out a gun,” Mork said.

However once arrested, police found that Gipson did not have a firearm on him. Instead, they found two ounces of marijuana, Fox News reported. According to one section in the Education Code in Texas, if a person were to purposefully exhibit, use, or threaten to exhibit or use a firearm, that would count as committing a third-degree felony.

During his arrest, Gipson allegedly assaulted the school principal, as well as the police officers who came to take him into custody, Inforney.com reported. In addition to assaulting the authorities, the youth also caused around $1,200 worth of damages when he kicked and bent the back door of the police car, the media outlet reported.

Gipson ended up being charged with assaulting a public servant, criminal mischief, threatening to exhibit a firearm, possession of marijuana, and resisting arrest, according to Fox 4 News.

The 17-year-old was transported and booked into the Kaufman County Jail on Sept. 19. He will be held there on $335,000 bail, according to Inforney.com.

The scare was similar to a case just one day prior in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, involving a former student who threatened to shoot up her former school.

Alexis Wilson, a former student of McAlester High School, was taken into police custody on Sept. 16 after local police were informed of the threat she had made against the high school and its students, according to McAlester News.

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Photo of Alexis Wilson, the former McAlester High School Student taken into custody by police for threatening to shoot up former school. (Pittsburg Sheriff’s Office)

ABC 8 Tulsa reported that Wilson told her coworkers she had bought an AK-47 and showed them videos of her shooting her new gun.

Chris Morris, the Pittsburg County Sheriff, said that they received an anonymous tip that led authorities to Wilson, according to McAlester News.

Investigators found the videos of Wilson shooting her gun, and that she had told both her friends and coworkers that she planned to “shoot up” her former school.

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