MCKINNEY (CBSDFW) – A student at McKinney Boyd High School was detained on Monday night after making threatening statements on Facebook. The McKinney Police Department received several tips on the posts, which included details on how to carry out a mass shooting at the high school.
Police responded with an immediate investigation and a juvenile suspect was identified and taken into custody at his residence at approximately 9:25 p.m. Due to the suspect’s age, further details are not available.
Students on campus say the teen who posted this threat was bullied at school, which may have contributed to the threats.
The Facebook message threatened a shooting rampage in the school’s cafeteria – killing 30 people – and with no survivors.
The school district says the it has yet to decide the punishment for the student involved.
The McKinney Police Department released a statement on Tuesday morning.
“The McKinney Police Department takes any threat very seriously; however, a threat against the safety and security of our schools will always be of the highest priority. The MPD would like to thank all of it citizens, teachers, parents and students who called with detailed information concerning this threat.”
Rick McDaniel, the school principal, posted the following message on the school’s Facebook page on Monday night.
“Boyd Students and Parents,
Monday evening we received information regarding threatening statements posted by a McKinney Boyd High School student on Facebook. District officials immediately notified law enforcement agencies and action was taken to address the situation. The individual has been detained and is in custody of the McKinney Police Department. As always, student safety is our number one priority and such comments, whether sincere or as a joke, will not be tolerated and the District will prosecute to the fullest extent that the law allows. We appreciate your support and look forward to a safe and productive day of learning at McKinney Boyd High School on Tuesday.
Classes will continue as scheduled on Tuesday.
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