A shooting threat targeting Uvalde high school leads to an arrest

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The threat was made on social media.

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Uvalde police made an arrest following a shooting threat at the high school on Monday.

William Luther, staff member

Uvalde police have made an arrest after a student on social media made a shooting threat at Uvalde High School just five months after the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary, where 19 students and two teachers were killed. The threat was reported by someone through the STOPit app, which allows people to report potential threats anonymously, according to an email message from the district and a Facebook post from Uvalde PD.

The Uvalde Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers were made aware of the threat as the school district suspended its entire police force indefinitely. The DPS and local police identified the minor who allegedly made the threat and arrested him for the crime of threatening terrorism, according to the Facebook post.

“We understand that this message may cause some of you additional stress, but we believe it is important to communicate these situations when they arise,” the district’s message reads.

The district encourages parents and students to let school staff members know if they know of or hear of a plan to harm people at school and points to the STOPit anonymous reporting app.

The school district’s police force was suspended Oct. 7 after a report surfaced that the district had hired a former state trooper who was under investigation for his response and that of others. soldiers at the May 24 massacre. The families of the Robb Elementary School victims protested outside the district office for 10 days, calling for the suspension and accountability of district officials.

Three days later, CISD Uvalde Superintendent Hal Harrell announced his retirement. He plans to keep his job until the school board hires a new superintendent.

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