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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.

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THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME

I'll clarify my thoughts on this.
Haynes (in its many flavors) is what I euphemistically call PRISON school.
I have yet to see any benefit it yields, as its populated with repeat offenders.
In my day, if a student repeatedly (meaning TWICE) messed up in school, he or she was EXPELLED summarily. Today schools are run liberally, allowing miscreants to repeatedly offend, before expulsion, which rarely occurs. Most get a three day out of school suspension, and are allowed to repatriate. Why? Money, money, money, honey! If lil Lillie or wee Willie miss school, KI$D won't get paid, and as we know, its all about dem Benjamin$, yo. Yet, if we send 'em to PRISON SCHOOL, we still gets paid, you. Meanwhile, Big Bennie & Wild Willamina terrorizes students and teachers daily. This is where treatment for these little demons should be an option. Otherwise, Haynes and all KI$D $chool$ are simply creating sociopathic studentsteins!

unswitchable

do you have autism?

centexdave

While I generally agree with these two remarks, remember the little darling was already in alternative school for disciplinary reasons. Obviously the parents need to be read the riot act. Twenty or so years ago the state of South Carolina passed a law to hold parents responsible for their brats' behavior. These type of incidents dropped dramatically when mom and dad had to appear in court and were hit with a nice $500-$1000 fine. Maybe it's time the Texas legislature took a long and hard look at something similar.

unswitchable

*kid shoots up school*
IT'S THE PARENT'S FAULT I TELL YA!

shogans01

So we are going to persecute the kids instead of protecting them. Maybe 12 and 13 years old are too immature to have social media platforms. Maybe since they are children they didnt understand the weight of their words. Until we can hold the adults governing our country and states accountable how dare we demand 12 and 13 year olds to be more responsible then the adults .

unswitchable

nah we should be able to be free to be able to do what we want on the internet. that would be hella boring lol.

THUGNIFICENT KILLED ME

Arresting children is about as effective as neglecting them. Parents get medical help for your children. KISD there are better places to send kids with issues than a crime breeding kennel. Treat these little critters, don't beat them down.

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