A student's cell phone led to the discovery of a gun and marijuana hidden inside a Fort Bend County high school, officials told KPRC Local 2 Saturday.
Investigators said it started when they found high-quality counterfeit bills on a Cinco Ranch High School student.
"During that investigation, they found pictures of gun and drugs on a student's cell phone and upon further questioning they found out he still had those items on campus," said Steve Stanford with the Katy Independent School District.
They were found hidden in a locker room at the school's field house, stashed above a ceiling tile.
How did a 16-year-old get a pistol and a bag of marijuana past security?
In a written statement, school administrators said, "It is unknown at this time when or how the student brought the weapon on campus. Katy ISD is very concerned about drugs and a weapon being found at one of our campuses. The safety and security of our students is our No. 1 priority."
The district sent an e-mail to parents.
Regina Loveall had not heard about it when KPRC talked to her Saturday evening. Her 15-year-old son attends Cinco Ranch.
She said she is not concerned the student intended to hurt anyone.
"Where there's a will there's a way, and that's what's really the scary thing about it. As long as there's a kid out there that's troubled or whatever, as long as they desire to do harm to our children, I don't want to say it's impossible to prevent it but it's impossible to predict it," Loveall said.
Fort Bend sheriff's deputies are not releasing the student's name because he is a juvenile.
The counterfeiting case will be turned over to the U.S. Secret Service for further investigation.