David Hughes, principal of Langham Creek, issued a statement that says shortly before 10 a.m., Cy-Fair ISD police officers received a tip that a former student inside the school was reported to be in possession of a weapon.
The 17-year-old was in a hallway, officials say, and then ran into a nearby neighborhood where he was quickly apprehended. The school entered lockdown mode as a precautionary measure as authorities initially thought there could be a second suspect on campus. That turned out not to be true.
Jordan James McGee was arrested after authorities say they found him in possession of a pistol. Police say they're not sure if it was loaded or not.
McGee has been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon -- a felony. School officials say McGee is a former student.
@langhamcreekhs is safe. We are going to lift lockdown and get school back to normal business. Media reports of shots fired at the campus are FALSE. please be patient as we work to open campus and those parents waiting outside we will assist you shortly.— CFISD Police Dept (@CFISDPDChief) September 13, 2019
Hughes added that once officers issued an all-clear shortly after 10:30 a.m., the campus began the process of lifting the lockdown and worked to reunite students with concerned parents.
Even though Cy-Fair ISD Police said students were not in danger, they said they were scared.
"Is everybody going to be OK?" student Andrea Miranda said she wondered. "What's going to happen? Am I going to be alive later?"
Students said they heard over the intercom that the school was going on lockdown but were not told why. They said they heard from other students what was going on.
Some hid and barricaded themselves inside their classrooms.
"They just told us to sit in the corner," Miranda said. "That class I was in, we didn't have any desks. We just had chairs, so we couldn't really do anything."
Due to the high volume of parents who arrived on campus to reunite with students, Hughes said they made the decision to initiate an early release for Langham Creek High School.
"The cops were telling everyone to get back in their cars and I understand why," Cesar Lozano said as he waited for his two daughters. "But don't worry about me. I am going to go in there and find the guy myself. I can't wait. I am going to go in there and try to save my daughters' lives."
Transportation was provided as students were dismissed, with staggered release times that began at 12:45 p.m.
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On Saturday, McGee was released from jail on a $5,000 bond. He's expected back in court on Monday.