Katy ISD students arrested, gun rumor swarms campus

Two students at Katy ISD's Memorial Parkway Junior High were arrested after posting comments threatening the school and students on Facebook.

April 8, 2011 8:21:19 PM PDT
Two junior high students at a Katy ISD school were arrested Friday in connection with making terroristic threats, according to a district spokesperson.

Administrators at Memorial Parkway Junior High School became concerned after reading a comment about damage to the campus and harming other students student's Facebook page, Harris County Precinct 5 Chief Terry Thurman said. The comments were brought to the school's attention by parents and students.

Katy ISD police and Harris County constables immediately launched an investigation and arrested two students, according to a letter sent by the school's principal, Dr. Joe Graham.

During the day, the situation sparked a widespread rumor among students that a classmate had brought a gun to the campus. Administrators searched the student and the campus but couldn't find any weapons.

"We are extremely proud of our students for being forthcoming with information and their willingness to help us maintain a safe school," Graham wrote in the letter to parents. "We also appreciate information provided by concerned parents and community members."

Counselors were on hand to help students who were upset about by the situation and will continue to address any student's issues on Monday. Katy ISD also will increase its campus security on Monday.

Authorities say the two 14-year-olds were charged and another two were taken into custody but released to their parents pending further investigaiton.

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