Texas student arrested for making threat on Twitter


by Andrew Horansky / KHOU 11 News


Posted on November 14, 2013 at 8:40 AM

DEER PARK, Texas -- Police took a high school student into custody for threats made on Twitter against other students, Deer Park ISD officials said Thursday.

In one tweet, the student claimed he would bring a gun to school and kill others out of retaliation, but police said a thorough investigation revealed the student did not have the means to carry out any attack.

Another tweet said the student had been "bullied for 5 years."

Police believe he acted alone in sending out the threats.

Classes are expected to be held as normal on Thursday, but the district said extra security would be in place at Deer Park High School-North Campus.

Statement from the school:

At about 9:15 p.m. last night, a Deer Park High School-North Campus student made a threat on Twitter using an anonymous account.  He threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot others who had bullied him.  Deer Park Police have arrested the student and are absolutely confident that he was alone in making the threat.  As a precaution, security has been increased at North Campus today.

Although no specific school or student was mentioned in the threat, a photo of a female North Campus student was included in the threatening message. The threat quickly drew the attention of the District as well as students, parents, and others who reported it to the authorities.

The Deer Park Police Department responded with great speed and diligence, conducting a detailed investigation involving Twitter officials as well as other organizations that resulted in the arrest of the student who made the threat.  He is a ninth-grade male, and his parents are cooperating with the authorities.

Police are confident that the student acted alone and believe that he had no plan, no access to weapons, and simply made a spontaneous threat.  

The student was arrested at about 4 a.m. this morning and will not be at school.

We will share more information about this situation as it becomes available.