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DHS student arrested after making threat


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A Decatur teenager was arrested Sunday for terroristic threat after police say he made a threat aimed at the high school. Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said his office began getting calls on Sunday after news about the threat began circulating on social media. “He wrote a letter insinuating that something was going to happen Monday, and that people would be sorry,” Hoskins said. Police interviewed the 15-year-old freshman, who admitted he wrote the letter, and placed him in custody. He is currently in the Wichita Falls Juvenile Detention Center with a hearing scheduled for Monday. Hoskins said that some parents had expressed lingering concerns about sending their children to school on Monday, so extra officers will be on the high school campus. “We’ll probably have four or five officers at the school, just for safety principles,” he said. Decatur ISD sent an email to parents notifying them of the threat. “We continue to promote a ‘see something, say something’ culture with our students. This is exactly how administrators were made aware of this situation and we immediately began working with the Decatur Police Department,” the letter from DISD Superintendent Judi Whitis stated. The letter also said the student would not be returning to DHS this school year. Hoskins said police will continue to interview teachers and students who may have been aware of threats the 15-year-old might have made last week.

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