Local fifth graders who threatened violence suspended

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) Three fifth graders at Mountain View Elementary School in Killeen were suspended Wednesday after threatening to “commit acts of violence against the school” on Thursday, the district said in a brief press release.

“We have suspended those students and they will not be back at Mountain View,” the district said.

Killeen ISD police are investigating to determine whether criminal charges will be filed, the district said.

“We take matters of school safety very seriously and will never tolerate threats against the school by a student or anyone else. School will be safe and secure tomorrow. The safety of our students is always our very highest priority,” the district said.

The incident comes just days before the 20th anniversary of the shooting rampage at Columbine High School in Colorado.

Two Columbine seniors opened fire on April 20, 1999 at the school killing 12 students and a teacher.

At the time, it was the deadliest shooting at a high school in U.S. history.