UPDATED 6 p.m. Sept. 15: Revised to include more details from Mesquite ISD.
A 14-year-old boy was taken into custody Tuesday after making threats on social media against Mesquite, John Horn and Poteet high schools, Mesquite police said in a news release Tuesday.
Police and Mesquite ISD officials learned of the threats Monday, police said. The threats were “non-specific” and concerned “an event that would happen on September 14,” the release stated.
Police identified the teen as a suspect Tuesday, the release stated. He is accused of felony false alarm or report, police said.
“As always, the safety and security of our MISD students and staff is a top priority, and we will continue to work diligently in conjunction with MISD to keep our school campuses safe.” the release stated.
Elizabeth Fernandez, a district spokeswoman, said school officials alerted parents of the schools’ students about the threat in a Facebook post Monday evening.
In the post, the district said that it would “inform families whenever there is a credible threat against” students or staff. It said that “out of an abundance of caution,” police would have a stepped-up presence at several campuses Tuesday.”