Student accused of making Snapchat threat that closed Columbus ISD on Monday arrested, officials say

By Aaron Barker - Senior Web Editor, Cathy Tatom - Investigative Producer
Columbus ISD

COLUMBUS, Texas - A student was arrested after a threat was made on Snapchat, which caused the Columbus Independent School District to cancel classes Monday, officials said.

According to a statement posted on the district’s website, the threat was received just before midnight.

Police said the student threatened to hurt another student at school Monday morning and said that they had a gun.

Officials said students saw the threatening post and reported it to their parents and school authorities, according to the statement.

“Columbus ISD takes the safety of our students and employees very seriously, and it is our top priority,” the statement read.

Officials said the student will be charged with a terroristic threat, which is a third-degree felony. Officials said because of the student's age, they will not release his or her name.

Channel 2 Investigates checked Texas Education Agency records to see if there have been any previous terrorist threat reports in Columbus ISD and found at least two incidents.

Each year, school districts are required to report that information to the TEA.

At least one incident was reported for Columbus ISD during 2015-16 school year and at least one more in 2016-17.

Information for last year is not yet available.

Below is the full statement posted on Columbus ISD’s website:

"On September 23, 2018, just before midnight, the Columbus Independent School District Administration received word that a threat had been made against our district on a social media website. Columbus ISD takes the safety of our students and employees very seriously and it is our top priority. This situation has been turned over to the local law enforcement authorities, and Columbus ISD will continue to cooperate with our local authorities. It is the hope of the Columbus Independent School District, that the person who made the threat is persecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

"Columbus ISD would also like to thank the students who saw this post for letting their parents and school authorities know about this situation. We also want to thank the adults who contacted the local law enforcement authorities."

Officials said schools will be in session Tuesday.

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