The Harris County District Attorney's Office has dropped all charges against a 17-year-old Tomball student, following an incident Feb. 28, where police found a gun in the student's car.
Prosecutor's declined to file charges against 17-year-old Brett Ball, saying that the student broke no laws by having a gun in his truck on school grounds.
"The statute defines school property as excluding parking lots or parking structures," said DA spokesperson Sara Kinney.
Legislator's added the exclusion after concerns were expressed that someone who can legally carry a firearm could be arrested by merely going to pick up their child at school.
As the Tribune reported last week, police were tipped off the morning of Feb. 28 that Ball might have a weapon in his truck. When the school resource officer, Jennifer Torres, asked Ball if he had a gun, they said he admitted to it.
He was then arrested by Tomball Police and charges were filed. Only hours after the Tribune went to press, notification came that the charges were dropped.
It is not clear if Ball will still face disciplinary action from the school, as it is against school policy for student's to bring a weapon onto school grounds.