Classes have resumed at Bellaire HS after a gun scare led to a lockdown Thursday morning (March 2).
Following the report of a gun on campus, Bellaire police were brought in around 10:15 a.m. to assist Houston ISD police, with the campus already in lockdown.
The city of Bellaire reported that “suspects” were in custody in late morning as the two police agencies investigated.
Principal Michael Niggli issued a callout to parents and students, provided to Essentials by the HISD Press Office shortly after 1 p.m., that no gun had been found. “Students are safe and classes have resumed,” the message read. “We take these situations very seriously, as the safety of our students and staff is always our absolute top priority.”
There was no immediate word on the status or identity of the “suspects.”
This is the second security breach at the campus in less than three weeks.
On Feb. 13 a former student was taken into custody after being let onto the campus by a current student through a side door and was found to have a gun in a backpack when taken into custody by school police and searched.
Niggli said in an email at the time that the campus was not locked down in that incident because the alleged trespasser was in custody in the police office when the gun was discovered.
In January 2020, a JROTC cadet was shot to death on the Bellaire campus by a fellow student who brought a gun to school. He was reportedly showing it to the cadet when it went off killing the young man. The student, who was 16 at the time and never publicly identified, was later convicted of manslaughter, according to authorities.