Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Police arrest McKinney Boyd student who threatened mass shooting on Facebook
The student has not been identified publicly.
MCKINNEY McKinney Police Department said Tuesday morning that it took a McKinney Boyd High School student into custody after he posted threats against the school on Facebook.
Police said they were notified about the post in question around 8:40 p.m. on Monday and it "included details on how to carry out a mass shooting at McKinney-Boyd High School."
The student, a male, was taken into custody at his residence at 9:25 p.m.
TownSquareBuzz.com is aware of the suspect's identity and has obtained a copy of a screen shot taken of his facebook status update that led to the police action. We have included a redacted version of the screen shot with this story, however our policy is not to identify juvenile suspects unless they are being charged as an adult.
Classes remain on schedule on Tuesday, according to Boyd Principal Rick McDaniel. News trucks, as pictured, were spotted across the street from the school Tuesday, as this case has drawn widespread attention in North Texas.
McDaniel said the school received information about the threats on Monday.
"District officials immediately notified law enforcement agencies and action was taken to address the situation," McDaniel said in a written statement.
Cody Cunningham, McKinney ISD's chief communications officer, confirmed to TownSquareBuzz.com that the threat was against the school in general, adding, "that's all we are releasing at this time as it is under police investigation."
McDaniel said his top concern is for the Boyd students.
"As always, student safety is our number one priority," McDaniel said, "and such comments, whether sincere or as a joke, will not be tolerated and the District will prosecute to the fullest extent that the law allows. We appreciate your support and look forward to a safe and productive day of learning at McKinney Boyd High School on Tuesday."
A regularly scheduled McKinney ISD Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, although this incident is not expected to be addressed, according to Cunningham.
MPD further stated that it "takes any threat very seriously; however, a threat against the safety and security of our schools will always be of the highest priority. The MPD would like to thank all of it citizens, teachers, parents and students who called with detailed information concerning this threat."
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