A male student was arrested Monday and charged with making a terroristic threat after reportedly brandishing a weapon in a high school classroom, police say.

The 17-year-old allegedly pulled an air-soft gun from his backpack and threatened other students inside Del Rio High School, Principal Jose Perez wrote in a letter.

“A male student pulled out an unloaded air-soft BB gun from his backpack far enough where students in his class could see it and made a threatening statement,” Perez wrote in the letter.

School district police chief Duane Maldonado said the student was charged with making a terroristic threat, a Class B misdemeanor. Maldonado did not identify the student.

Police officers confirmed the gun was unloaded and determined “there was no eminent threat to students,” Perez wrote in the letter.

The student was detained for investigation and disciplinary action, the release states.

“In an abundance of caution and to increase student and community confidence, both the administration and police will continue to remain highly visible and vigilant,” Perez wrote in the letter. “The safety of our students is our number one priority.”

The school district’s student handbook states a student who makes a terroristic threat shall be placed in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP).

In October, and after a series of deadly school shootings around the country, the SFDRCISD held the second phase of their active shooter training exercise in conjunction with city and county officials.

The possession of a “look-alike” weapon is listed as a Category IV offense in the 2018-2019 SFDRCISD Student-Parent Handbook.

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