A 13-year-old girl has been arrested following an Instagram post threatening to shoot up T.W. Browne Middle School in Dallas, Texas.
The caption to the photo details the gun threat, warning "everybody" at the school, specifically eighth graders. The young girl writes,
Everybody at t.w. Browne gone die omm plus u stupid ass eight graders wanna play with me IMA kill everybody even 6graders and 7graders...this is no joke i put that oml I got a rape charge on me and I'm ready to go back to the pen ..
The unidentified 13-year-old student told Dallas Independent School District (DISD) police she found the photo online. Police believe she posted the photo to attract more followers.
The girl faces juvenile charges of making a terrorist threat, which could result in up to 10 years imprisonment if convicted.
DISD Police Chief Craig Miller tells the Dallas Morning News the 13-year-old posted the photo to Instagram using another student's phone, and said student could also be charged.
I want students to know there's a reaction to this, and if you're caught, you're going to be charged with a crime.
After being notified of the photo on Monday, school officials increased on-campus security Tuesday.
T.W. Browne Middle School Principal Jonathan Smith tells Fox 4 News,
Ultimately, we've got to be clear that in the Dallas Independent School District, we aren't going to tolerate those types of threats. We're a place for learning, we're here for learning and we want to ensure the safety of our students.