TOMBALL, Texas — Charges against a Tomball High School student have been dropped after he was arrested Thursday for having a shotgun in his truck parked on school grounds, according to court documents.
Brett Ball, 17, was charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon in a prohibited place.
Police said they found a 20-gauge shotgun in Ball’s pickup on Thursday. The gun was not loaded, but officers said they found three shotgun shells inside the truck.
Friends insist Ball never intended to harm anybody, and they believe it was a big misunderstanding.
Police said Ball was arrested after a dispute with another student.
The two apparently had an argument off-campus on Wednesday. During that argument, police said there were allegations that Ball revealed the stock of his shotgun.
As Ball walked into school on Thursday morning, police were waiting with handcuffs.
Friends believe Ball forgot the gun was in his truck. They also believe it was the other student who started the fight.
That other student’s mother is the one who reportedly tipped off police which subsequently led to Ball’s arrest.
“They were mad at each other. I can understand they were wanting to figure it out by themselves,” said friend Joshua Hay.
Friends insist Ball isn’t the one who belongs behind bars. However, police said having the gun on the school’s property is grounds for an arrest.