Breaking News: “Don’t show up to school tomorrow”: Student detained after posting threat to SnapChat

By Quanecia Fraser

Multimedia Journalist

A Tarleton State University student was detained for posting a photo of someone holding a gun with the caption “Don’t show up to school tomorrow.”

“It is my understanding the person holding the gun is the same one who posted the photo,” explained Tarleton Assistant Police Chief Alvin Allcon.

Allcon said he doesn’t “think any threat could be carried out on campus at this point.”

Allcon sent out a crime alert regarding a terroristic threat to students, faculty and staff Friday. According to the crime alert sent out 12:56 p.m., “Officers met with the reporting person, learned the identity of the individual and quickly confirmed he was not on campus.”

The email also explains that police worked with “another agency” who detained the student.

Allcon told Texan News the student is still currently being detained. The student is believed to be detained in the Brown County Jail. Allcon wouldn’t confirm the name of the student but said police are “attempting to obtain an arrest warrant.”

“Our university police department acted very quickly to find out if there was any danger to our campus, which there was not,” said Tarleton spokesperson Cecila Jacobs.

Allcon said he wants to remind students to take any threat seriously by reporting it to police, even if the threat is portrayed as a joke:

“We cannot ever consider it as a joke and it’s totally inappropriate. It will be investigated as if it’s not a joke.”

The crime alert also asks students to “immediately contact the University Police Department at 254-968-9002 or call the Erath County Crime Stoppers at 254-965-CASH.”

This is a developing story.

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