CARTHAGE, TX (KLTV) - Authorities in Carthage arrested three juveniles Saturday after the boys allegedly sent threatening text messages in regard to their fellow students CISD faculty, and the police. The threats specifically mentioned Monday, Feb. 19.
Dr. J. Glenn Hambrick, Cartage ISD's superintendent, said Tuesday, that the juveniles included two eighth graders and a seventh grader. The boys were arrested and taken to a juvenile detention center in Marshall.
Hambrick said that the boys were scheduled to be arraigned on criminal charges Tuesday morning. According to a press release from the Carthage Police Department, the three juvenile suspects were all charged with making terroristic threats.
"We don't know if they were serious or not," Hambrick said. "However, we have to take each and every threat seriously for the safety of our students. Students need to know that there are serious consequences for this sort of thing."
Hambrick said the middle school principal showed him the text messages Saturday morning, and they then took the messages to the Carthage Police Department. The three juvenile suspects were arrested Saturday afternoon, and they spent the rest of the weekend in the juvenile detention center, Hambrick said.
"School officials had many photos of social media messages in which these threats were made by three CJHS students on Friday night," the press release stated. "An investigation was begun by Carthage Police Department detectives into this matter, beginning with obtaining the photos of the social media threats."
After Carthage PD detectives identified the three juvenile suspects, they found that two of them lived in Panola County, the press release stated. The police department notified Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake and requested assistance from the PCSO. The Carthage PD also contacted Panola County District Attorney Danny Buck Davidson.
Officers from the Carthage Police Department and deputies from the Panola County Sheriff's Office went to three different homes, one in Carthage and two out in the county, and all three juvenile suspects were arrested without incident, the press release stated.
According to Hambrick, as soon as the three suspects are released from the detention center, they will be sent to Carthage ISD's alternative campus. He added that campus has metal detectors and is "very secure."
There was a strong police presence at the Carthage ISD campuses Monday, just to be on the safe side, Hambrick said.
The Carthage PD press release stated, "Because of recent events involving violence at schools, any and all threats will be taken seriously and investigated," and the people found to be making the threats will be arrested.