DA's Office: Violent threats no match for Texas law

Published: Feb. 19, 2018 at 10:33 PM CST
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Parents in the Brazos Valley are on high alert after a high school shooting last week in Florida and an arrest Saturday of a student making similar threats in College Station.

The Brazos County District Attorney’s office says parents can rest assured that Texas law is on their side when it comes to copycat offenders that are threatening to harm the public.

Rachel Ahmed, a mother of three says it's getting harder to send her kids to school.

"It’s like I'm sending them off to battle, not knowing if I will see them again,” said Ahmed. "I just feel like I need to cherish them more because I don't know."

Saturday, Ahmed was shocked to learn that a student at A&M Consolidated High School was arrested for threatening a school shooting similar to one in Florida last week.

"I'd hope that it wouldn't be so close to home,” said Ahmed. “I mean you hear it in Florida and other places but not here in our school district."

KBTX sat down with Assistant District Attorney Jessica Escue to find out how those threats are being handled judicially. Escue says the state of Texas doesn't take threats lightly.

"Whether or not they ever intend to carry out the threat, whether or not the threat is credible, if it is intended to scare some people it's a crime in Texas,” she said.

If convicted a person could face up to ten years in prison.

"Because of the amount of damage that you can cause, the financial losses you can cause, the fear that you can cause, it's taken seriously,” said Escue.

Marti McCord, another College Station mother says she's pleased with how fast the school district and law enforcement acted Saturday.

"It's scary,” said McCord. “These kids should be able to go to school and feel comfortable.'

Escue says laws passed by the Texas legislature give them the green light to bring charges.

"We are given a lot of tools to prosecute people for committing these types of offenses,” she said.

Escue points out that it starts with the community when you see or hear about a threat you should report it. She says that’s what gets the ball rolling in prosecuting people who make those threats.