HOUSTON—Parents in Coldspring in San Jacinto County are praising the swift action of school administrators and police after an 18-year-old student was arrested for allegedly threatening to bring a gun to school and shoot a large number of students at the high school campus.
Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated ISD Police Chief Roosevelt Joseph confirmed to KHOU 11 News that the boy was arrested Thursday after they were alerted to a threatening text message. Roosevelt would not elaborate on specific details, but parents told KHOU 11 News that a boy, in an argument with a girl, texted that he would come to school Friday with a gun to hurt multiple people.
“We ended up arresting the person who made the threat,” said Joseph. “Because of the prior things happening throughout the United States,” he said referencing Sandy Hook Elementary and other school shootings, “we take any threat seriously.”
Superintendent Dr. LaTonya Goffney said in a letter to parents that “police were notified immediately and the student who sent the text was arrested. The incident is still under investigation. No one else was ever threatened or in danger. School officials were on top of the situation and there was no cause for alarm.”
Joseph said the boy was booked on Thursday into the San Jacinto County Jail.
“We were alerted about the problem and they handled it perfectly,” said Susan Thompson whose granddaughter attends Coldspring-Oakhurst High School. “And I wasn’t worried about her going back to school because they do take care of their kids.”
“Stuff like that doesn’t get taken lightly here anymore,” said recent high school graduate Alex Lott. “I mean used to there was some leniency. But it doesn’t happen anymore.”
Lott and Thompson agreed with the school district response saying that even in a small town like Coldspring a school threat is a school threat no matter where or how small that school might be. Joseph said Coldspring-Oakhurst High School has a student population of approximately 580 students.
“It can happen anywhere, no matter where you are. What town what city it’s going to happen. Some kid’s just going to do it,” said Thompson of the threatening text.
Despite initial reports that a number of parents would be keeping their children out of school on Friday because of the text threat, Joseph said absentee numbers appeared normal on Friday.