Manor ISD student arrested for threatening administrators

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE NEWS and photojournalist DAVID GARDENER

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Posted on January 30, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 30 at 7:21 PM

MANOR, Texas -- A violent threat at a Central Texas school has put one student in jail.

The Manor ISD says they take any threat very seriously, especially after the tragic school shooting in Connecticut. The 19-year-old Manor High School student was supposed to be suspended on Monday, but he showed up at school anyway. Staff told him to leave and he did, but then 15 minutes later, he came back and made some serious threats to administrators.

Deputy Superintendent Russell Wallace says the Manor ISD staff are trained in emergency procedures on a regular basis.

"We have plans and procedures in place, and we feel good about that," he said.

Those policies came in handy on Monday.

"No doubt about it, we take it very serious, very seriously," Wallace said.

Juan Becerra, 19, was arrested by a Travis County sheriff's deputy after causing a scene in the school cafeteria and yelling profanities at the staff. In the process he threatened the assistant principal saying, "You lucky I don't have a gun, and I'll come back and kill you."

Wallace said the situation is rare and any threat is always taken seriously.

"Everybody sits and thinks there is no way that will happen here. What happened in Connecticut proved that it can happen anywhere," Wallace said. "I'm not foolish enough to believe it can't happen in Manor ISD as well."

That's why Wallace is reviewing safety policies, and he plans to visit every Manor ISD campus in the coming months to revisit procedures with the staff.

"As an educator I can tell you the events prior to the holidays really hit home," he said. "If nothing else, it was an eye opener for the entire nation."

After their own situation Monday, Wallace says the district won't take any violence lightly.

"Even prior to school we have teachers assigned to monitor different positions, different places along campus. At this point in time we had a lot of people out, and we acted in a very quick manner."

The district says they have two resource officers from the Travis County Sheriff's Office that are on campus at the high school as well as hall monitors that are stationed throughout the school.

Becerra is currently being held at the Travis County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

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