Lone Star College police: 11-year-old made 911 hoax call

Lone Star College police say an 11-year-old girl made a 911 hoax call that caused an evacuation at the North Harris campus earlier this month.

HOUSTON - Lone Star College police say an 11-year-old girl made a 911 hoax call that caused an evacuation at the North Harris campus earlier this month.

Authorities said Wednesday the girl, who was at the library with her mother on the North Harris campus, was left alone for a brief period of time when she made the 911 call. They say the call came from a house phone at the library claiming there was an active shooter in the building.

Investigators say the 11-year-old confessed to them she made the call because she was “bored.”

Paul Willingham, LSC chief of police, said Lone Star College will not pursue criminal charges against the girl. Willingham said potential charges could have included a misdemeanor of filing a false report and a felony of making a terroristic threat.

“Making this type of false report is serious,” Willingham said. “Although we were able to determine fairly quickly that there was not a shooter in that particular building, police officers from multiple agencies converged on the campus that night and countless hours were spent making sure the campus was safe.”

Lone Star College police are urging students and employees to check and update their contact information in myLoneStar and ensure they receive emergency emails and texts through the LoneStarCollegeAlert system. Community members visiting a Lone Star College campus who would like to receive emergency alerts from are urged to sign up online at LSCAlert.LoneStar.edu.

(© 2016 KHOU)


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