2 teens charged after threatening to 'shoot up' James Madison High School

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Friday, September 16, 2022
2 teens charged after threatening to "shoot up" James Madison High School, records show
Court documents state the two teens threatened to chain the exit doors of the school in order to trap everyone inside and "shoot the school up."

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Two students were arrested and charged after allegedly making threats against James Madison High School on Wednesday.

According to court records, terroristic threat charges were filed against 17-year-old Damian Darias and 18-year-old Cornell Santell Thomas.

Darias admitted he was going to shoot up the school, doing it on Friday during lunch time, a magistrate judge read out loud during Thomas' probable cause court hearing earlier Friday.

Thomas allegedly admitted that he was going to shoot up the school, saying it was going to be a YouTube video.

Thomas' bond was set at $70,000 and Darias' at $50,000.

In a statement released to ABC13, Houston Independent School District said:

HISD takes these situations very seriously, as the safety of students and staff is our top priority. However, due to an ongoing HISD Police investigation and the Family Education Right's Privacy Act (FERPA), we are unable to provide additional details regarding this matter.

Parents and fellow students on Friday said they were frustrated by how everything was handled. They wanted HISD to notify them about the arrests on the day that it happened.

"If I knew earlier, I wouldn't be here. My family wouldn't be here," Madison senior Bailey Marshall said. "Everybody is capable of something."

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