Varied social media threats focusing on space colleges diverted police assets as they responded to a taking pictures at Mansfield Timberview Excessive College in Arlington.

Kevin Kolbye, Arlington assistant police chief, stated officers have been checking on the validity of feedback posted on varied social media that indicated potential threats at close by colleges. This got here simply after the morning taking pictures at Timberview during which 4 individuals — together with two college students — have been injured. The suspect — a pupil from the college — has since turned himself in to authorities.

Kolbye stated varied legislation enforcement concerned — which incorporates the FBI — may press fees on these making such threats.

“I would like the message to be on the market that this isn’t one thing to proceed. We are going to examine you,” Kolbye stated. “The federal authorities companions will even be capable of examine you should you’re not residing in our metropolis and can convey you to a profitable prosecution.”

Grand Prairie police Chief Daniel Scesney added that groups have been diverted away from every location the place authorities have been trying to find the suspect to answer social media threats throughout North Texas. He requested dad and mom to assessment their youngsters’s social media and take motion.

“If they’re placing out threats on their colleges, they’re going to get arrested they usually’re going to get prosecuted,” he stated.

Later Wednesday afternoon, a South Grand Prairie Excessive College pupil was arrested after a video circulated on social media that appeared to focus on that campus.

Mansfield ISD police officers secure the door where most of the activity took place following a shooting inside Mansfield Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, October 6, 2021. Four people were injured in the shooting and the suspect turned himself into the Arlington police.

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