LUBBOCK — Police arrested a teenager Wednesday afternoon in connection with what investigators are calling a hoax social media threat about a possible shooting at Plainview schools.
Officials with the Plainview Police Department received information on Tuesday in reference to threats of a possible shooting at a Plainview Independent School District campus, according to Lt. Jaime Salinas.
“Officers and school officials have been made aware of the threat,” Salinas said. “The department has taken extra precautions and detectives are actively investigating the source of the threats.”
About 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Plainview police said they had arrested a person they described only as a 14-year-old white male.
“The teenager will be charged with terroristic threat, third degree felony,” police said in a statement. “The threat was found to be a hoax.”
The threat prompted Plainview police to monitor area schools, with Plainview High school increasing security on campus.
At 7 a.m. Wednesday, Plainview ISD issued a statement on its Facebook page stating the threats to Plainview High School were made through social media but that classes would take place with enhanced security measures.
Shortly after the statement was made, the district announced additional policing efforts had been implemented at all Plainview ISD campuses as a precautionary measure.
“We are currently working with the police department and taking appropriate action,” the statement reads.