Uvalde teenager arrested for shooting threat 5 months after massacre, police say

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A teenager has been arrested in Uvalde, Texas, in connection with a threat he allegedly made to shoot at Uvalde High School, the school district said.

The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District sent an email to teachers and parents on Tuesday morning saying the individual made the threat via social media, which was reported on the bullying prevention app STOPit. “Uvalde PD, in conjunction with Texas Department of Public Safety investigators, located and arrested the minor last night,” the email reads.

The threat came just under 5 months after the shooting at the district’s Robb Elementary School, which left 19 students and two teachers dead.

Uvalde Police Department Lt. Javier Martinez confirmed the arrest of a high school student Monday night, but told ABC News, “He was threatening another student. He wasn’t threatening to shoot the school.” He said the Texas Department of Public Safety was “working on the incident with our assistance.”

The Texas Department of Public Safety declined to comment, but instead referred ABC News to the UPD.

In an emailed statement to ABC News later Tuesday morning, the Uvalde Police Department said a 16-year-old was arrested for the crime of threatening terrorism. The suspect, who will not be identified because he is a minor, admitted to police threatening another minor on social media, according to the police department.

Uvalde High School in Uvalde, Texas, in 2022 image from Google Street View.

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The Uvalde School District did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment.

In the email sent to teachers and parents, the district said it immediately notified law enforcement of the threat report received through the app. The UCISD website states: “STOPit allows you to privately report school bullying. Throughout the school year, students on any campus will be able to use this app to report bullying, the threats and bullying they might face.”

“We understand that this message may cause additional stress for some of you, but we believe it is important to communicate these situations when they occur. We will continue to work with state and local law enforcement. to help keep our students and staff safe,” the email to faculty and parents said.

The community of Uvalde has been on edge since the May 24 massacre as details of the shooting emerged amid the prolonged investigation. Many families say the survey has yet to provide the accountability and transparency they continue to demand.

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