Student arrested for terroristic threat on Twitter

January 8, 2013 4:13:36 PM PST
A student has been arrested and accused of making a threat against a high school on his own Twitter page. Officials say the threat was made against North Shore Senior High School.

Students who told us they saw that Twitter post say the teen threatened to bomb the school. Now his alleged actions have landed him facing some serious felony charges.

The first day back to classes from winter break got off to a dramatic start at North Shore Senior High. Parents learned a student from the campus was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly making an online terroristic threat toward the school.

Grandparent Leon Street said, "They need to learn that there are consequences for that type of activity."

That threat was posted on the social media site Twitter. A Galena Park ISD spokesman says the FBI alerted the district about the message and deputies from the Harris County Precinct 3 Constable's Office arrested the teen at his home before school.

"I feel like the FBI ought to monitor that anyway, because it's too much activity going on with that Facebook, Twitter thing anyway," said parent James Corsey. "You know it's mostly the younger kids anyway, it ain't the older ones. It's young kids."

According to Galena Park ISD, investigators determined the arrested teen didn't have the ability to carry out the threat. Still students in school say staff kept the situation quiet.

Student Yessica Villalobos said, "My mom, she texted me (to ask) if I was OK. So I was like, yeah, I'm OK. So, I asked her why and she told me about the threat."

Students told us they felt safe today and didn't notice any increased security.

"I asked my teacher and she told me that she didn't want to tell," Yessica said. "We're not supposed to tell, not to scare the students."

As students continue with business as usual, one teenage boy is now facing serious felony terroristic threat charges.

Galena Park ISD says the safety and security of students and staff is always a priority. This investigation and arrest now has the district encouraging parents to talk to children about the proper use and consequences of online and social media.

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