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HOUSTON -- A loaded handgun was found Thursday in a student s backpack at Cullen Middle School, Houston Independent School District officials said.

The weapon was discovered and confiscated after administrators received a tip.

The student was arrested and charged with possession of a prohibited weapon in a school zone. In addition, administrators said they would take disciplinary actions as outlined in the HISD Code of Conduct.

School officials said they immediately notified parents about the incident and reminded them to speak with their student about the dangers of guns and why they should not be brought to school.

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