ABILENE, Texas - A 16 year old boy who faced a detention hearing Friday morning will be held until at least January 2nd, on that day a judge could decide whether he will be released.
Police found nothing behind threats against schools that the now-jailed, ex-Abilene ISD student reportedly made through social media, Police Chief Stan Standridge said Thursday.
On Friday, attendance was light at many schools KTXS visited. This could be due to the fact that most students were only required to attend a partial day on Friday, the last day before winter break.
Official attendance numbers will not be available until later Friday afternoon.
Police also followed-up on other leads after the teen's initial social media threat and weren't able to substantiate anything, Standridge said.
The arrest came after police addressed rumors circulating on social media sites that referenced a possible school shooting in Abilene this Friday.
"We think what has played out since then is that students heard about it and furthered the rumor or told others and it spread and then consequently it went viral," said Standridge.
On Friday, a school resource officer was placed in all Abilene ISD and Wylie ISD schools. Chief Standridge says it was a precautionary measure.
The 16-year-old boy was un-enrolled by the request of a parent, according to police. Meanwhile, they say his parents may have been considering him for home schooling.
He remains in police custody after being charged with false alarm or report, which is a state jail felony.
Standridge said some students who saw the post went to their parents – and those parents approached law enforcement with their concerns.
Police said they found many postings from other teenagers spreading the rumors. Standridge warned that anyone else spreading false information on social media sites could also be arrested.
The teenager who was arrested could be adjudicated, with all charges dropped. The State could also decide to keep the boy at the detention facility until age 19. If he is tried as an adult, he could face 180 days to two years in a state jail if found guilty of the most serious charges.
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