A judge read the accusations being made Sunday that Dexter Kelsey, the suspect in Friday’s shooting at school, Eric Espinoza

Kelsey did not appear in court Sunday morning, citing medical reasons, court documents show. A mental health order was issued from the court for Kelsey.

Although Kelsey was absent, the judge announced a $5 million bond for aggravated assault of a public servant and an additional $250,000 for discharging a firearm toward a building.

Bond conditions for Kelsey include the following:

  • No contact with anyone with YES Prep schools
  • No drugs and alcohol
  • No firearms or weapons
  • Suspect must undergo random urine analysis
  • Suspect must undergo GPS monitoring
  • 24-hour house arrest with no personal bonds
  • Travel restricted to Harris County and surrounding counties.

Bond set for former student accused in SW Houston school shooting

Bond was set Sunday morning for a former student charged in connection with Friday’s school shooting that injured a principal and sent students and staff fleeing for safety.

Dexter Kelsey, 25, is charged with aggravated assault against a public servant and deadly conduct in connection with the incident.

While Kelsey did not appear due to medical reasons, a judge in probable cause court set bond on the aggravated assault charge at $5 million and $250,000 for the deadly conduct charge.

Kelsey is accused of walking into the school building and opening fire, breaking the glass of the building’s doors and making his way inside. Eric Espinoza, the school’s principal, was shot in the lower back.

Kelsey went online to buy the rifle used in the shooting, according to prosecutors, and that he had a grudge against a teacher working at the school and was targeting them.

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He remained in custody Sunday morning.

Kelsey stayed in jail on Sunday. His lawyer was not listed in the prison records.

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According to police, Kelsey fired with a rifle at the school’s glass entrance door and entered the school.

According to police, Espinosa, who was trying to warn teachers and students of the shooter, was struck by one of the ammunition.

When Espinosa helped students and teachers escape from school, police arrived and arrested Kelsey.

Yes Prep Southwest Secondary serves students from grades 6-12. According to court records, Kelsey graduated from school in 2017.

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The school’s principal, Eric Espinoza, was shot in the back and rushed to the hospital in serious condition. However, officials say Espinoza was released from the hospital the same day, and while the bullet remains in his back it didn’t impact any vital organs. No other staff members and no students were injured. 

During a court trial held Saturday, where Kelsey did not appear due to medical reasons, he was charged with aggravated assault of a public servant and discharge of a firearm toward a habitation. Bail for the former charge has been set at $5 million and $250,000. 

Currently, the 25-year-old does not have a public defender and was said by court officials to be an “extreme danger” to the community.

Gaby Diaz is a fellow Houston teacher who’s survived other school shootings and became a volunteer with Moms Demand Action, an organization that advocates for gun violence prevention.

“It never gets old for educators,” she said. “It’s always fresh and it always reminds you of the climate that we’re in.”

As a mother to two young kids, Diaz worries not enough is being done to keep them safe in school.

“Every day I have to drop off my daughter, I say bye to her in a different way than I think my mom said bye to me every day,” she said. “And that’s cruel. We’re not doing enough.

“I spent 16 years practicing lockdown drills with students,” Diaz continued. “We know, I mean we have the research to show that these lockdown rules are not good for the mental health of anyone involved, but I think they’re an easy answer for legislators that aren’t willing to have the courage to make the tough decisions that we need to make.”

In light of the shooting, YES Prep Southwest Secondary School will be canceling classes until Wednesday. 

School officials say they will meet with students and families before returning to campus. Counselors are also available for those who need them.

“It’s very difficult to watch a child suffer, but in these situations, you can’t just make all those feelings go away,” Prasad said.

He said to focus on the right things.

“We really have to focus not on the ‘what if?’ but the ‘what is.’”

“What is,” most notably being that no one was killed.