TERRELL, Texas — A Terrell High School student was arrested on Tuesday for threatening to exhibit a firearm on campus, assaulting responding police officers, and damaging a police squad car to the tune of about $1,200.
Around 12:41 p.m., on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, the Terrell ISD Police Department was notified of a student who possibly had a firearm on campus, Terrell ISD Police Department Chief Gary Mork told inForney.com.
Students reported the incident after 17-year-old Jaelon Gipson allegedly threatened to pull a gun from his backpack and start shooting, according to Mork.
"He was gesturing, reaching in and acting like he was pulling out a gun," he said.
In clarifying, Mork says officers never found a gun in Gipson's possession but, the Texas Education Code, Section 37.125, specifically states a person commits a third-degree felony if "the person intentionally exhibits, uses, or threatens to exhibit or use a firearm."
Gipson also allegedly assaulted the principal and police officers attempting to take him into custody and caused about $1,200 in damage to the squad car by kicking and bending the back door.
Gipson was transferred and booked into the Kaufman County Jail on Thursday where he is being held on bonds totaling $335,000 on charges for threatening to exhibit a firearm, assaulting a public servant, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana.