Monday morning, a student was apprehended at Madison High School in San Antonio, Texas having weapons including three loaded guns, and a knife. After last week’s threatening note everyone is already on high alert and Madison was on lockdown for about an hour and a half while the investigation was wrapped up.
There is no confirmation that this student, Brendan Tarwater, had anything to do with the note that had been mass mailed out to the schools last week but it seems like even if he didn’t send the mail, he certainly took advantage of the fear of the students, parents and faculty by starting off the week with dangerous intent.
The school’s spokesperson, Aubrey Chancellor, said one gun was an AK-47, one a 45 millimeter and one a .22 caliber. In addition, one of the three had been hidden in a bathroom, exhibiting advanced intent to use. Brendan Tarwater even had extra magazines in his backpack. Brendan was charged with one count of possessing a weapon in a prohibited place and one count of making a terrorist threat. His bond is set at $300,000 total.
With it having been so easy for Brendan Tarwater to bring in such weapons, it may be time for Madison to invest in some metal detectors. Better safe than sorry down the road should another disgruntled child jump to violence as a solution.
Two of my brothers graduated from Madison, and it is really sad to see that a student is so upset that at a teacher that they would want to threaten this kind of violence on people who don’t deserve it. I am just glad that he was caught before he could do any physical harm.