ANNA, Texas -- Police arrested an Anna ISD middle school student on Thursday evening, after a series of Snapchats allegedly threatening gun violence at the school led to police being called.
Authorities charged the juvenile with terroristic threat and transported him to the Collin County Juvenile Detention Center where he awaits a hearing.
At about 8:30 p.m., Anna police received a call regarding a threatening message an Anna Middle School student received through Snapchat. The reporting party advised her son received message from a friend, warning him not to attend school Friday.
The reporting person’s son then asked the suspect, “Are you for real?” and the suspect responded with a photo that depicted the suspect, a 13-year-old eighth grade student, holding what appears to be an assault type weapon, similar to that of an AR-15. It was at that point police were notified.
Working in conjunction with the Anna ISD administration and the School Resource Officer, officers were able to confirm who the suspect was and where he lived.
Officers responded to the suspect’s residence where they contacted his father. After the father gave consent to search for a weapon, officers located an Airsoft gun that matched the description of the gun in the Snapchat photo.
The suspect advised that he was “not crazy” and he would not “shoot up the school.” He said it the whole thing was meant as a joke.