Abilene: Arrest Made in School Campus Threat - Effect on Our Local Schools 12/20/12
CBS 7 News
Abilene Police Press Release
December 20, 2012
Regarding the story below, CBS 7 has contacted area school districts to find out if any similar threats have been circulating in our area.
At this time, MISD and ECISD report that no such "copy-cat" or "social media" threats have been reported.
ABILENE, TX – Shortly before 8 AM on December 19th, the Abilene Police Department received information regarding an alleged threat by a former student. This threat was communicated to a student of AISD.
The Youth Division and the School Resource Officer were immediately involved in this investigation, which resulted in the arrest of a 16-year old juvenile. This juvenile was arrested for False Alarm or Report, which is a State Jail Felony. The juvenile was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center where he remains.
Further investigation did not identify specific plans associated with this threat. However, such threats are deemed very serious, and as was communicated yesterday, the Police Department may arrest persons who communicate such threats.
Taylor County Law Enforcement continues their efforts to proactively provide safety at all campuses. These measures will remain in place throughout the week, while still ensuring an officer is on every campus throughout the school day on Friday.
Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about these issues. I am pleased that the recent arrest was the result of concerned parents who had spoken to their child, and thereafter they contacted the Police Department. Social media continues to be a poor choice for communicating these matters, so parents are asked to instruct their children to not communicate threats or even further rumors by responding to, forwarding, or creating “posts”. Such posts will be investigated to determine if a violation of State law occurred.
Abilene will remain a safe place for education.