A 4-year-old student at the Bonham Pre-Kindergarten campus in San Marcos CISD discovered an unsecured and loaded firearm in an instructional assistant’s personal backpack Oct. 12.

The backstory

No shots were fired on campus, and there were no injuries, according to the San Marcos Police Department.

According to SMCISD, the student was looking through the backpack when discovering the firearm and removing it and placing it on a table inside the classroom. The classroom teacher then evacuated students while the campus school marshal entered the classroom to confiscate and secure the firearm.

School marshals are appointed by the district and receive training through a course certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to “prevent the act of murder or serious bodily injury on school premises.” The identity of the school marshal is confidential, and they carry a concealed handgun.

The action taken

The school marshal and Bonham administration contacted SMPD to handle the instructional assistant who is no longer employed by the district, begin the investigation, and properly handle the firearm, according to SMCISD.

SMPD said they will charge the instructional assistant with unlawful carrying of a weapon in a gun-free zone. The department is withholding the individual's name until the charge is filed.

Neither the district nor the police department has disclosed why the instructional assistant brought the firearm onto campus.