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Student who brought gun to charter school campus in Mesquite shot by police

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Mesquite police said a police officer shot a student who brought a gun to a Mesquite charter school Feb. 19, 2024. No one was injured, according to police.

A 16-year-old student who brought a gun to Pioneer Technology and Arts Academy Oates Campus in Mesquite was shot by police officers Monday morning, officials said.

According to information by the Mesquite Police Department, three police officers were involved in the shooting. The student was transported to a hospital in stable condition.

No other students or officers were injured.

Pioneer Technology and Art Academy classes will continue the rest of the week, and the school will provide counseling services to staff and students. All students were relocated to Living Truth Baptist Church at 3130 Moon Dr. to be reunited with their families.

District Superintendent Shubham Pandey said in a press release the school will work with law enforcement to investigate the incident and review safety efforts.

"We will take appropriate measures in response to this incident, including reviewing and, if necessary, strengthening our security procedures to prevent similar occurrences in the future," Pandey said.

Pandey added that the school's safety protocols were tested Monday and "worked as intended."

The three officers involved were an 8-year veteran, a 5-year veteran, and an officer-in-training with multiple years of service from another agency, according to a press release.

The Mesquite Police Criminal Investigations Unit and Internal Affairs Unit are investigating this incident, as well as investigators from the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.

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Kailey Broussard is a reporter for KERA and The Texas Newsroom through Report for America (RFA). Broussard covers the city of Arlington, with a focus on local and county government accountability.