Arlington Student Arrested Over ‘Terrorist Threat': Police

A 13-year-old Arlington Independent School District student is being investigated for threatening to blow up Nichols Junior High School, according to Arlington Police.

"Friday (December 11, 2015) we responded to Nichols Junior High, the initial call was that there was a threat at the classroom environment where another student had allegedly placed a bomb in his backpack and was going to blow the school up," said Lt. Christopher Cook, with the Arlington Police Department.

Police said they evacuated the classroom and made sure the student in question didn't have any kind of detonation device, Cook said.

Investigators said, the teenager apparently told another student about his plans that involved leaving a backpack in the schools bathroom and talked about the plans two days in-a-row. That student told a teacher.

"The officer actually describes in his report that the student was trembling and was so scared that he thought that this was real," said Cook. "That there really is a bomb."

Nothing was found inside the backpack when police searched it.

Arlington police said the student admitted it was just a joke and admitted to saying that he had a bomb. He has been charged with making a terroristic threat.

"Whether it's written or spoken, when it crosses the line and causes this type of alarm, this panic in the community, that's when it really rises into this terroristic threat statute that on the books," said Cook.

The student was arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center. He has since been released.

"When children claim to have bombs or threaten to do harm to students and tell other students this, we don’t consider it unreasonable to call the police. In fact, we work with the Arlington Police Department to investigate all threats and determine if they are legitimate," said Leslie Johnston, Director of Communications for the Arlington Independent School District.

On her Facebook page a woman, who said she is the 13-year-old's cousin, writes, "A bully in class thought it would be funny to accuse him of having a bomb, and so the principal, without any questioning, interrogation, or notification to his parents, called the police."

Arlington ISD said it works with the police department to investigate all threats and they also arranged a meeting with the teen's family which never happened. The school district said the family did not show up.

"We did attempt to contact the parents Friday afternoon. We also had a meeting scheduled with the parents Tuesday, but they did not arrive for the meeting," said Johnston.

AISD released a statement on Friday afternoon saying, "We would love to fully respond to the family's allegation, but we cannot release information on specific disciplinary matters due to the family educational right and privacy act. If the parents would give a release to share all of the info and records we will do so."

"Bad things happen in the world that we live in, so we do have to respond accordingly," said Cook.

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