Arlington Police launch campaign on stopping social media threats

- Arlington ISD is teaming up with police to educate students about the serious consequences of making threats online.

The new social media campaign is aimed at students and  parents. It comes after police investigated several threats on social media. Police released the campaign video on social media, warning students of the consequences of posting threats online.

The message, if police catch you, you'll go to jail.

Back in November, a tweet threatening Bowie High School was sent just after classes started. It was a picture of a black pistol with the caption "at 12 be ready for bowie to have a school shooting."

17 year old Shalaria Jones was arrested the next day.

Since November, Arlington police say they've had three other high school social media threats; one at Sam Houston, one at Juan Seguin and one at Lamar high school.

Sgt. Mike Leonisio says "Sometimes they do it because they think they're playing around sometimes they do it because they don't want to be in class or they're board in class and a lot of times they have their phones in class so they'll tweet something out."

Sophomore Emily Rendon remembers the threat at Lamar in December, "Throughout the day I was frightened A lot of people were frightened it was just a waste of time you know," she said.

The principal of Lamar High School said threats also and panic, "It's just terrifying I have a daughter that goes here but that wouldn't matter they're all mine and so it's terrifying the thought of an intruder coming in and reeking havoc."

The campaign features a 60 second video for kids and a longer version for adults.




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