Crime

Friendswood Teens Who Threatened School Shooting Charged With Felonies

After two Clear Brook High School students threatened to shoot up the school on the anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, a judge has ordered that they remain held in the juvenile detention center.

The students, whose identities have not been released, are each charged with exhibition of a firearm, which is a felony.

Last Thursday, each teen was arrested shortly after the first bell rang, once administrators were aware of threatening social media photos and videos they had posted the night before. According to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, one of the teens had told several students not to come to school Thursday because at 10:30 he was "going to honor his heroes, the 'Columbine Shooters.'" The teen had posted a photo on social media showing himself pointing a pistol at two schoolmates in the hallway.

The second teen had posted a video on social media saying he was "practicing"  for the school shooting, also warning students not to go to school.


“After a brief hearing today, the two minors were detained as we had requested,” Assistant District Attorney Martina Longoria said in a statement. “This will allow more time to evaluate the evidence and the recommendations of the mental-health professionals while keeping the community safe and free from threats of violence.”

In juvenile court, there is no bail. Judge John Phillips of the 314th juvenile court will decide every ten days at a detention hearing whether the juveniles can be released pending trial.
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Meagan Flynn is a staff writer at the Houston Press who, despite covering criminal justice and other political squabbles in Harris County, drinks only one small cup of coffee per day.
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