Juvenile held after pulling alarm

first_imgBy RAY QUIROGAPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] Derry Elementary School student will more than likely think twice before pulling a stunt similar to the one he allegedly pulled late last week.According to Port Isabel Fire Marshal Rodrigo Garcia, at about 9:37 a.m. last Friday, an 11-year-old Derry student, who was being escorted by a teacher, pulled one of the school’s fire alarms, forcing the evacuation of the student body and staff. First responders were also called to the scene fully expecting to confront an emergency situation when arriving to the campus, Garcia said.When asked by the teacher why he pulled the alarm, the male student replied with a shrug, saying only that he did it because he wanted to.But while the student may have believed that his actions would warrant a slap on the wrist, Garcia said that the young suspect and his parents were a bit shocked to discover that pulling or causing a false alarm in a school is a jailable offense, no matter the age of the perpetrator.Garcia added that if the perpetrator is under the age of 10, the suspect’s parent or parents could be fined and or jailed.In this particular case, Garcia said the juvenile was taken to the Port Isabel Police Department where he was booked for causing a false alarm at a public school which is a Class “A” misdemeanor in the State of Texas, and he was ultimately remanded to the Darrel Hester Juvenile Justice Center in San Benito where he awaited bail. Garcia went on to add that because the incident occurred in a public school, the incident jumps from a Class “C” to a Class “A” misdemeanor.Garcia said that both the boy and his mother were remorseful and began to cry when they realized the severity of the child’s actions.Garcia concluded by saying that this incident was the third false alarm he investigated within the week. The other two occurred at the Garriga Elementary and the Port Isabel Junior High campus. No suspects were apprehended in those incidents.Read this story in the Dec. 20 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedGarcia celebrates 40th year with districtBy CHRISTINA R. GARZA Staff Writer [email protected]  Rita “Nina” Garcia is passionate about education. The Port Isabel Junior High School counselor will celebrate her 40th year working for the Point Isabel Independent School District. Garcia and her husband Rudy, currently director of Project Puente, an after-school program, were born and…May 16, 2013In “News”Superintendent: No truth to mass layoff rumorBy HEATHER C. COX Special to the PRESS The Point Isabel Independent School District, along with the other 1,264 districts across the state, has experienced significant budget cuts this year. “We’re operating in the neighborhood of half a million dollars less than before,” said PIISD Superintendent of Schools Lisa Garcia.…November 8, 2012In “News”District reacts to Newtown shootingBy CRAIG ALANIZ Reporter/Photographer [email protected]  The school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14, sent shockwaves throughout the United States that were felt in the Laguna Madre area. Point Isabel Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Lisa Garcia said the tragic events that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in…December 20, 2012In “News”last_img

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