Hereford High School Lock-down

Mark Anthony Garcia
Mark Anthony Garcia

Students and faculty at Hereford High School were put on lock down for thirty minutes today.

The safety measure was taken as police searched for a missing weapon allegedly belonging to one of its students.

9 year old Mark Anthony Garcia is in the Deaf Smith County Jail on 3 charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Police say the high school senior had a fight with his mother before school this morning, and pointed a handgun at her. He fled the scene and was arrested twenty minutes later at school, but did not have the gun.

The high school then decided to seal all of its doors not knowing whether or not the weapon was on campus. By chance the gun was found in a restroom at nearby Langley Park by a city employee nearly two hours later.

The weapon was not loaded, police have no reason to believe Garcia ever brought the gun on the high school campus. He remains in the Deaf Smith County Jail.