Suspect in custody after social media threats made at Akins High School


AUSTIN (KXAN) —  A person is in custody Thursday after allegedly making threats on social media against Akins High School, according to a tweet from Austin Independent School District Police Chief Ashley A. Gonzalez.

Police learned of the threat overnight and moved to catch the person making threats. The suspect was arrested on a third-degree felony charge of making terroristic threats. 

Principal Tina Salazar sent a letter to the families of Akins High School students Thursday updating them on the status of the campus.

Dear Akins High School Families,

Last night we were notified of a threat via social media. A student saw the post and immediately notified campus administration. Austin ISD police immediately began to investigate and identified the person who posted the social media threat. The subject is currently in police custody. At this time, there is no threat to the campus. Austin ISD takes all such threats seriously. Threats of any kind against our school, students, or staff are not tolerated. We will have additional AISD police officers on campus today to ensure student, staff, and school safety. Please emphasize to your children that all such threats—made verbally or over any social media channel—are investigated immediately. Students may be detained or arrested on a charge of making a terroristic threat, even if the threat is not credible. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call me at 512-841-9900. As always, thank you for your support of Akins High School.


Tina Salazar Akins High School

Akins High School also thanked the community on Twitter: 

Police officers were seen in the vicinity of the high school Thursday morning. 

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