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UPDATE - Austin Middle School student arrested for handgun at school

A 12-year-old Amarillo boy faces two felony charges after authorities say they found a loaded handgun in his locker.

Around nine this morning police say they received a tip that a student was in possession of a gun.

They claim that in the boys locker was a 25 caliber semi-automatic pistol.

The boy has been charged with attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and places weapons prohibited, both are felonies.

Parents we spoke with said they didn't think a scene this severe could play out at their children's school.

"I'm just shocked, completely shocked. I don't picture anything like that at Austin. I just can't imagine that that happens here," said Tonjia Willis. 

Officials we spoke with at the Amarillo Police Department say they do not believe the 12 year old can be tried as an adult, and all proceedings will be handled by the juvenile department.

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