Teenager arrested at local disciplinary school after threat

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A 13-year-old student who was already assigned to the Killeen ISD’s Gateway disciplinary alternative school was arrested Wednesday after making a threat of gun violence against the school.

The sixth-grade boy was attending an in-school suspension class when he shouted the threat at around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday.

The student was arrested and removed to the school and will be taken to the Bell County juvenile detention center, the district said in a press release.

The threat was verbal and there was no weapon at the scene, the district said.

“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,” Killeen Superintendent John Craft said.

The school’s principal, Chris Halpayne recorded a telephone message sent to parents of students to advise them of the incident.

Text of principal’s message

“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.”