Student arrested after false report of shooting at local high school
Killeen ISD police have arrested a middle school for making a hoax 911 which led to massive police presence at a local high school Friday afternoon.
According to the district, a sixth-grade student at Live Oak Middle School was arrested for the hoax 911 call about a shooting at Shoemaker High School in Killeen.
The 11-year-old has been charged with making a false alarm or report, which is a state jail felony.
“This student committed a very serious crime that could have put lives in danger and caused fear among Shoemaker High School students, their families and teachers,” Superintendent John Craft said in a statement. “We are asking parents throughout our school district to help us to make this very clear to students: we will find and arrest and help prosecute anyone who threatens the safety of a school or who falsely reports a threat. A student who does this may think it’s a joke. It’s not. It’s a felony.”
Officers rushed to Shoemaker High School at 3302 South Clear Creek Rd. in Killeen, where officers were searching the building, but a district spokesman said the report was a prank.
"Police officers came to the Shoemaker High School this afternoon after an anonymous person called 911 and reported there was a shooting at the school," Killeen ISD spokesman Terry Abbott said in an email..
"The report is FALSE. There has been NO shooting. All the students are safe. We believe this was a hoax call. However, police are checking the building thoroughly to make sure all is clear," he said.
"Again, all the students are safe. There has been NO shooting at the school."
As a precaution, officers fanned out to the district’s other high schools in case the false report was intended as a diversion.
The other campuses searched were all cleared.