Teenager Arrested After Facebook Threats Against Texas Town

(KBTX-TV photo)

SPLENDORA (July 14, 2014) A 13-year-old girl was in custody Monday after a series of threats against the town of Splendora was posted on Facebook.

Montgomery County constables arrested the girl after investigating the Facebook messages including one threatening to kill everyone in the small town on Sunday, authorities said.

The messages started to pop up last week and spread quickly to students in the town of about 1,600 residents.

The first of the messages, posted under an alias with a bogus photo, bullied a boy who is recovering from cancer, authorities said.

Then on Friday a post appeared that said, “I am going to kill everybody in Splendora on July 13th.”

Investigators said they had a hard time getting information from Facebook, but said the social media site ended up providing contact information to them late Saturday night.

They tracked the girl to a house in Northwest Harris County.

The girl, who goes to school in Splendora, was staying with relatives.

She’s charged with terroristic threat, a third-degree felony.

Authorities were questioning her Monday.

"We realize a 13-year-old child will use poor judgment, and make mistakes, but we have to take threats like these seriously," Pct. 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden said.

“This is not a joke, and this young lady found out the hard way,” he said.

“Sunday morning she woke up surrounding by family in a comfortable home," he said.

"This morning, she’s in juvenile detention and I’ll guarantee you, she now realizes the seriousness of what she’s done.”