Number Of Texas Students Accused Of Making ‘Terroristic Threats’ Tripled After Parkland

Report: While some of those threats were real, legal action in several other cases was too extreme.

By Claire McInernyJuly 25, 2018 11:15 am

The number of students in Texas accused of making terroristic threats or exhibiting a firearm increased significantly in the first five months of 2018 compared with last year, according to a new report from Texas Appleseed.

The report’s co-author, Morgan Craven, director of the nonprofit’s School-to-Prison Pipeline Project, said there was a large spike in February after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. While some of those threats were real, she said, legal action in other cases was too extreme.

“We saw a large number of kids who were being referred to juvenile probation for behaviors like pretending to shoot aliens in a hallway or making inappropriate comments,” she said.

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