12-Year-Old Girl Arrested for Making Social Media Threats to Texas School District

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
February 28, 2018USshare
12-Year-Old Girl Arrested for Making Social Media Threats to Texas School District
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A 12-year-old girl was arrested overnight for allegedly making terroristic threats against schools in Texas.

Hundreds of phone calls poured into the Killeen Independent School District as the threats circulated this week, reported KXXV.

“We have been pursuing and investigating threats posted via social media very aggressively the past several days,” Superintendent John Craft said. “A social media threat made towards Smith Middle School and other KISD schools was investigated yesterday and overnight into early hours of this morning. Working with KISD Police, the Killeen Police Department, federal authorities and officials at Fort Hood, a search warrant was issued. The student was arrested at her residence and has been charged with making terroristic threats.”

Craft said that the school district would take whatever disciplinary actions that are allowed under the Student Code of Conduct and the Texas Education Code, officials said.

The girl’s identity has not been publicly released.

After the threat was made, the military police presence was increased at multiple campuses, reported KXXV.

Officials didn’t say whether any weapons were found at the middle schooler’s residence.

The student attends Roy J. Smith Middle School, reported Fox7.

“The social media posts were shared widely by parents and students and severely disrupted the learning environment at schools,” Craft said in a statement. “School officials fielded hundreds of phone calls from concerned parents as the threats were being shared across social media.”

The threat was investigated by the FBI along with local police officers.

Threats against schools across the nation have been on the rise since the shooting in Florida on Feb. 14.

A shooter opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, leaving 17 dead and 16 wounded.

Numerous students have been arrested and at least three attacks have since been thwarted, according to the Educator’s School Safety Network.


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