KILLEEN, Texas – A 12-year-old student has been accused of making terroristic threats against schools, according to Killeen police.
The female student of Roy J. Smith Middle School is currently being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Killeen Independent School District Police, Killeen Police and Fort Hood authorities.
She was arrested overnight, Superintendent John Craft announced Wednesday.
The student allegedly made a series of aggressive threats on social media over the past few days towards Killeen ISD and her own middle school, said Craft in his announcement.
The posts sparked fear among students and parents as the messages circulated on social media. The school reportedly received hundreds of calls from concerned parents who feared the threats were legitimate.
A search warrant was issued and the student was arrested at her home early Wednesday morning. She has been charged with making terroristic threats.
Killeen ISD “takes these matters very seriously and will be pursuing charges to the fullest extent provided by state and federal statutes as well as disciplinary consequences provided by the Student Code of Conduct and the Texas Education Code. We appreciate the cooperation and hard work of the many entities involved in assisting with this investigation and in maintaining the safety of our campuses,” said Dr. Craft.
Since the student is a minor, investigators will most likely not release her identity. Investigators have not said what the specific threat was.
In Austin, a 17-year-old boy was charged with making terroristic threats after he told a student he was going “to shoot up and blow up” the Akins High School on Feb. 22.