North Forest high school was placed on lockdown October 7th, after a student reported one of his classmates brought a gun to school. The Houston Police and K-9 units were called to search the campus. Their search failed to find a weapon.
According to the North Forest ISD website, a second student came forward and reported the gun had been hidden by another student. The weapon was found and the two students involved will be expelled to the Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program.
Alexander Supgul, Web Producer for MyFoxHouston.com, reports North Forest ISD is seeking charges against the sophomore students. The Harris County District Attorney has accepted a charge of bringing an illegal weapon to a school against the student accused of bringing the gun to the campus.
North Forest Independent School District’s growing safety concerns are one more reason to add to the Texas Education Agency’s list of reasons to merge the district with Houston Independent School District. The NFISD and high school have been labeled academically unacceptable several years in a row by the TEA. The TEA’s list of reasons for the merger are financial mismanagement, high dropout rates and very low TAKS passing rates.
North Forest ISD’s website attributes low completion rates to the inability to track students. The district’s website explains, “Part of the challenge is that we have not done a good job tracking students who started as freshmen in 2005-2006. We are certain that many of them who did not graduate from the district as anticipated in the spring of 2009 transferred to other districts or private schools. Some may have even left the state. Recall that 2005-2006 was the school year that districts across Texas, including NFISD, received an influx of students who had evacuated from Louisiana as a result of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We believe that some of these students may have withdrawn since that time, and if they have left the state it is difficult to track them. Of course, these are not excuses; and district employees continue to work on tracking these students and locating records.”
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