Two separate threats at schools in Fort Bend County

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office conducted two separate investigations that led to the arrests of juveniles after learning of social media threats made toward two different campuses.

The first threat was reported on Friday morning when the Fort Bend Independent School District Police Department was notified about a possible threat to Billy Baines Middle School in Missouri City. A 14-year-old student said on Snapchat that he was going to shoot the school. When another student viewed that Snapchat post, that student notified his or her parents and the parents contacted the school. The teen was arrested off campus and charged with making a terroristic threat, a third degree felony. He is in custody at a juvenile detention facility.

The second threat was reported on Friday afternoon at the Harmony Public School in Katy. After campus administrators learned a 15-year-old student made threats toward the school on two Snapchat messages, they detained that student. 

One of the messages showed students running away from the deadly Parkland, Fla. high school shooting with a statement that the same would happen to 7th grade students at the Harmony campus. The following message included a link with information on how to sneak guns into school. Administrators also learned that in January, the student posted another threat about shooting 7th grade students. The older post was not reported to school administrators at the time. That student who was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat, is in custody at a juvenile detention facility. The offense is a third degree felony.

"We take every threat seriously and will work quickly to ensure our community is safe", said Sheriff Troy Nehls in a statement released on Friday.

“Parents need to have a conversation with their child about the seriousness of posting threats on social media.” added Sheriff Nehls.