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La Villa ISD superintendent calls BB gun, starting pistol incident a "teachable moment"

Alexis Martinez, Jacob Garcia and Steven Gabriel Garcia.{ }

Just two weeks ago, La Villa ISD held an active shooter drill at the La Villa Early College High School.

"We did an active shooter training so that our teachers would know what to do and what to be on the lookout," said La Villa ISD Superintendent José Cervantes.

But Tuesday, it was almost the real thing.

Police and school officials put the La Villa High School on lock-down at around 1:30 p.m. after school security reportedly notified officials about a Snapchat video from a student showing what appeared to be two guns in a backpack.

"It’s ridiculous, I mean these kids are supposed to be in school, they're supposed to be studying, they're supposed to be getting their education-- not thinking about what they're bringing to school [like] BB guns,” said Belinda de la Cruz, a La Villa ISD parent.

School officials said the lock-down lasted 40 minutes. After the San Juan police LEERT SWAT team cleared the campus room by room, classes continued and three high school seniors were taken into custody.

Steven Gabriel García, Alexis Martínez and Jacob García were all charged with a felony for making a terroristic threat for bringing a BB gun and a starting pistol to school and posting about it online.

Cervantes says that’s when he notified parents about the lock-down. Cervantes says that the incident can be a teachable moment.

"That it was a good time to start talking to their students, their sons and daughters about the situation that happened," Cervantes said.

Alexis Martínez was released from Hidalgo County Jail Wednesday. Steven Gabriel García and Jacob García remain in the Hidalgo County jail.

Bond was set at $10,000 for each student.

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