Tuesday, Frenship ISD administrators read the chilling text messages which revealed one student's plan to bring a gun on the Frenship High School campus. Wednesday, police arrested 19-year-old Aaron Owens and charged him with exhibiting firearms on campus, a charge that includes even threatening to do so. However, the mother of the student who turned Owens in on Tuesday says the school district didn't do enough. The woman asked to remain anonymous to conceal her daughter's identity.
"It was horrible. We had no idea if the young man had been arrested or if he was out. He had mentioned that he was bringing a gun to school. He wanted to know when her lunch was because he was going to use it, but he didn't want her to be there because he didn't want her to get hurt."
Strangely, the two students were only acquainted through a shared class, but Owens insisted on warning her, even sending a picture of the gun he would use.
According to the student's mother, "He was saying he already brought the gun to school last week and that he intended to shoot the cafeteria up at one of the lunch periods."
This woman says as soon as her daughter received the messages on Tuesday, she took her concerns to the Frenship ISD Administration. However, she says, nothing was done until Wednesday, when Owens was arrested for making the threat.
"For me, it was really scary that I didn't hear anything from the school district. I called early this (Wednesday) morning before the school opened."
She says it took hours for the district to call her back and when they did, they told her no students were ever in danger and that they handled the issue confidentially.
"There's a person saying they're going to bring a gun to school and it's going to be handled confidentially, I don't get that."
Overall, this concerned mother is thankful her daughter was brave enough to come forward before it was too late.
"I'm very proud of her. I hope they change the way they handle this."
Owens bonded out of the Lubbock County Detention Center today and is being charged as an adult. In a statement released by Frenship ISD, they said they are committed to the safety of their students and faculty and are working with other agencies in the investigation.
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