A Killeen ISD sixth-grader was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat Wednesday afternoon toward Gateway Disciplinary Alternative School.
According to Killeen ISD, the 13-year-old student, who was in an in-school suspension class, shouted out a threat of gun violence around 2:40 p.m.
He was removed from the school and taken to the Bell County juvenile detention facility.
Officials said the threat was verbal and no student was in immediate danger at the time. No weapon was present at the scene.
Killeen ISD Superintendent John Craft asked for parents to remind students that such threats are not tolerated in the district.
“Any student who makes such a threat will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Craft said. “our number one priority every day is the safety of every student, and we will take an action necessary to make sure our students stay safe at our schools.”
Gateway Principal Chris Halpayne sent the following message to parents via phone:
"Parents, this is Chris Halpayne, principal of Gateway school, calling with an important message regarding student safety. This afternoon a sixth-grade student who was in in-school suspension in a classroom shouted out a threat of gun violence against the school. This was a verbal threat. No student was ever in any immediate danger, and there was no weapon present. We contacted police and the student was removed from the classroom, arrested and charged with the crime of making a terroristic threat.
Parents, we ask that you help us to remind students that threats of violence of any kind absolutely will not be tolerated in Killeen ISD. Any student who makes such a threat will be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Our number one priority every day is the safety of every student, and we will take any action necessary to make sure our students stay safe at our schools. Again, this is Chris Halpayne, principal of Gateway school.”