Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal
A 16-year-old boy was arrested and transported to the Ricardo Garcia Juvenile Detention Center after Alice High School faculty members overheard him making comments about bringing a weapon to school and threatening other students, police officials said.
"He made some threats and threatened to hurt other people, possibly other students," Lt. Santiago Solis with the police department said. "You don't know what could have happened and we don't take anything for granted."
Solis said that from what he has heard, the student started making terroristic threats Wednesday.
According to police, Alice High School officials called police about 11:15 a.m. Thursday to report the incident.
Police immediately responded and took the freshman boy into custody and handcuffed him, Solis said. He was than transported to the Ricardo Garcia Juvenile Detention Center in Duval County, near San Diego.
Police investigator Richard DeLeon said with the recent shootings at Virginia Tech, threats should not be taken lightly. He said school officials did the right in calling police.
"The teachers were concerned because he was making verbal threats against students," DeLeon said. "It's zero tolerance at the school."
DeLeon said the high school student commented he would be bringing a weapon to school.
"I think the school and the administrators handled the matter to the best of their ability by calling the police," he said.
The youngster was charged with making terroristic threats and will be scheduled for a juvenile court hearing to determine his fate, police said.