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Lee student with gun on campus taken into custody

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UPDATE: At approximately 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night, the Robert E. Lee High School student that was being sought by police earlier in the day turned himself into authorities with the Tyler ISD Police Department.  He was taken into custody by officers for the offense of "Places Weapons Prohibited" and transported to the Smith County Juvenile Attention Center.

TYLER, TX (KLTV) – Police are searching for a Robert E. Lee high school student who brought a gun onto the school campus.

The high school was locked down this afternoon because of that student.

According to TISD officials, it all started because of a report of theft. Around 2 p.m., a Robert E. Lee student contacted the campus CrimeStoppers program to report a theft, and through that report, campus security was able to locate the alleged thief-- another student.

"The student in question was approached, at which time he dropped his backpack and ran off campus. The contents of the backpack included a prohibited weapon," says Jeff Collum, Executive Director of Student Services for TISD.

Collum says that the weapon was a handgun, though it's unclear what caliber, or even if the gun was loaded.

Students told us that when the lock down was ordered, the campus was a confusing place to be, "They came on the intercom, and they were like ‘It's just a drill," so we were talking normally. And about five minutes later, they came back on and said ‘The drill is still in action, so don't let any students out.'"

"I know a lot of people's parents were texting them and asking them if they were okay," says one student.

Collum says that the student was accused of the theft ran off campus across Donnybrook Avenue, and into the area around Rose Rudman Park.

One Lee student that walks home through the park, says knowing the other student is still out there, will change his walk home.

Several Lee students say that the student that brought the gun to school, they believe is a freshman, but school officials haven't confirmed it.

It's also still unclear if all Lee parents knew the lock down was happening.

School officials say they were doing that as much as they could during Tuesday afternoon's lock down.

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