2018-03-07 / Local

Threats prompt student arrests

By WCN Staff

A Floresville Middle School student was arrested March 2 for making a threat and was removed from the campus.

According to Floresville Independent School District officials, they instigated an investigation of the threat as soon as they became aware of it.

District police determined that the threat was not credible, but continue to investigate and have maintained a more visible presence on the campus.

Other school districts also have recently been the subject of threats:

•Jourdanton police arrested and charged a 17-year-old last week with making a terroristic threat.

According to news reports, John William Flores, a Jourdanton High School student, allegedly showed other students pictures of an AK-47 rifle Feb. 27 and threatened to shoot up the school with it.

Flores was transported to the Atascosa County Jail, where he was held on a $250,000 bond. Authorities reportedly found no firearm on the campus.

He will be charged as an adult, according to officials, If convicted, he could face two to 10 years in prison.

•Two Stockdale Middle School students were arrested Feb. 21 and charged with making terroristic threats, after Stockdale ISD staff received information about them the previous day.

Interviews with students by Wilson County sheriff’s deputies confirmed that the two students had talked about taking a gun to school, shooting up the place, and possibly killing a teacher.

•A 17-year-old female student at Roosevelt High School in San Antonio’s Northeast ISD was arrested, after threatening posts appeared on social media sites.

A March 2 release from the school said the girl confessed, after the posts were traced to her through her Google account.

•Two Killeen ISD students have been arrested recently and charged with making terroristic threats.

A 12-year-old girl was accused of threatening mass shootings against the middle school she attended and three other middle schools in the district. Killeen police, the FBI, and Fort Hood authorities investigated her, according to news reports, before her Feb. 28 arrest by the police.

A 16-year-old boy, a student at the district’s Harker Heights High School, was arrested March 1, after allegedly threatening gun violence against other students earlier the same day.

La Vernia ISD interim Superintendent Gary Patterson discussed two alleged threats in a Feb. 23 message to students and parents.

Police investigated, after obtaining information from the district, both a post that turned out to be a hoax and a rumor about a student threatening violence that was determined to be untrue.

Karnes City Independent School District officials learned Jan. 30 of a post on an anonymous social media app that said someone was going to shoot up the school.

District officials increased the law-enforcement presence on the high school and junior high school campuses, but no danger materialized.

Authorities in all these districts emphasized that they take such threats very seriously.

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