A 13-year-old Killeen student has been arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat after he made a "threat of gun violence against the school," according to school officials.
Killeen Independent School District Police charged the sixth-grader after the student, who was in an in-school suspension class, shouted out a verbal threat of gun violence about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday.
The student was arrested and removed from the school. He will be transferred to the Bell County juvenile detention facility.
"The threat was verbal," KISD spokesman Terry Abbott said. "No student was in immediate danger and there was no weapon at the scene."
Superintendent John Craft asked parents to help the district remind students that threats of violence of any kind absolutely will not be tolerated in KISD.
"Any student who makes such a threat will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," Craft said in a news release. "Our number one priority every day is the safety of every student, and we will take any action necessary to make sure our students stay safe at our schools.”
Gateway Principal Chris Halpayne telephoned parents to let them know about the incident, according to Abbott.
In unrelated cases, two other KISD students were arrested on the same charge last week.