Police Identify Terrell Student That Brought Gun To School

Cameron Fairchild
March 29, 2018 - 1:56 pm
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TERRELL (KRLD) - Police have identified a student arrested for bringing a gun to a North Texas high school this week.

18-year-old Marcellus Griffin was arrested after a school resource officer discovered a pistol in the student's backpack, on the Terrell High School campus. Terrell school superintendent Michael French sent a letter to parents emphasizing the district has zero tolerance for threatening behavior. And he tells KRLD he takes it personally since he lived through a school shooting.

"I've been a part of a gunman truly on a campus. So it hits home to me. I was there, I was running into the building, while other students and staff was running out."

French says he knows parents can't monitor everything their children do, but he says there are ways to stay informed about what kids are up to.

"Well, I know parenting in 2018 is tough. And I realize that you can't monitor every single thing your child is doing. That's just impossible. But daily checks of their possessions, and their room. Do you have a weapon, do you have knives, anything of that nature. Just passing through, having conversations with your kid about their school day, about their homework, just staying connected. And, monitoring their social media."

In his letter to parents, French says social media makes it easy for students to make threatening comments. He encourages parents to talk with their children about how serious threatening behavior is taken by the school, and by police.