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Juvenile arrested after making shooting threat

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

The Deer Park Police Department announced it made an arrest after a North Campus student allegedly made a shooting threat directed toward the school. The student was quickly isolated and arrested and is in the custody of Harris County Juvenile authorities.

Deer Park Police arrested a 15-year-old male Deer Park High School student after receiving a CrimeStoppers tip that he planned a possible school shooting.

Lt. Chris Brown of DPPD said the student made the verbal threat to a group of other students. The threat was reported through the anonymous CrimeStoppers tip line.

“He basically told them this is what I am going to do and how I am going to do it,” he said.

Brown said the student was contacted on campus by administrators and the North Campus School Resource Officer, which is assigned by DPPD. When questioned, the student admitted to making the statements.

The case is still under investigation, but reports indicate the juvenile did not have the means or immediate access to weapons to carry out his plans.

Brown said school administrators and DPPD were able to act quickly and efficiently for the safety of the students and staff at North Campus.

“The Deer Park Police Department and Deer Park ISD have a great working relationship. We were able to work quickly together to locate the student and isolate him so that the situation was resolved quickly and smoothly without incident,” said Brown.In a letter to North Campus parents, DPISD Superintendent Victor White said all threats to the district and its students and staff are taken seriously.

"While it appears that the student could not carry out the threat, we treat all situations such as this with the utmost care and caution. This is no joking matter, and students who make threats will be treated accordingly," he said.

White also commended the students who contacted CrimeStoppers.

"I want to thank the students who reported the threat. They responded with bravery and heroism, showing genuine concern for their peers, teachers, and school," said White.