Middle school student threatens to kill classmates - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/24/09

Middle school student threatens to kill classmates

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A 14-year-old girl is accused of threatening to kill some of her classmates, and she could face time in a juvenile detention center for those threats.

At Levelland Middle School, the superintendent says a teacher's quick thinking kept this situation from escalating. "Our staff did an excellent job because they did take it serious," said Superintendent of Levelland ISD John Booth. 

Thursday afternoon a student informed a teacher another student was carrying a gun in her backpack, and threatening to kill two of her classmates. Police confronted the 14-year-old girl. "They asked her do you have any weapons and she admitted yes and told them where it was at. When they first saw it looks just like a hand gun, a real hand gun, and upon further examination determined it was a BB gun," said Levelland Chief of Police Toney Cowan. 

The girl was immediately taken into custody by Levelland police and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and making a terroristic threat. The Hockley County Attorney later reduced the charges to just making a terroristic threat, a Class B Misdemeanor. 

When asked by police why she wanted to harm her classmates, the girl said she was being made fun of. "That's what she had told us that there were some kids that were bullying her and picking on her and she tried to take this step to resolve it," said Chief Cowen.   

Booth says Levelland ISD has no tolerance for bringing weapons to school. "Some kids may not understand the gravity in today's society of what that means to bring a BB gun to school, but it's serious and we try to communicate that to our students," said Booth. 

Levelland ISD's Code of Ethics states the district has no tolerance of bullying stating: 

Any student who believes that he or she has experienced bullying or believes that another student has experienced bullying should immediately report the alleged acts to a teacher, counselor, principal or other district employee. The district may take action based on the results of an investigation, even if the district concludes that the conduct did not rise to the level of bullying under this policy.

Chief Cowan says the student could be facing time in a juvenile detention center.  "She could be sent to the Texas Youth Commission, that's up to the judge and the jury something they will have to determine at this point in time," he said. 

The superintendent wants people to know they take these threats seriously. He encourages students not to hesitate to report any suspicions to their teachers.

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