The Montgomery County Police have arrested a 13-year-old girl after she allegedly made death threats to inhabitants of the town of Splendora, Texas. According to KHOU, the teenager threatened to kill every single person in Splendora. She used a fake Facebook ID to issue the veiled threats. Some reports say that the account used to issue threats was in fact hacked in to. The girl had also threatened to kill a young boy who is fighting cancer.
The girl, whose identity has not been revealed for obvious reasons, was arrested from her Harris County residence overnight and is facing felony charges for making a terroristic threat. Investigators were able to track the girl thanks to Facebook, who helped them identify the source of the threats. Police officials have also seized several computers and electronics from the home where the girl was staying. The teenager apparently stayed with one of her relatives.
Meanwhile, Constable Kenneth Hayden with Montgomery County Precinct 4 says that this was probably just another case of “kids being kids.” He opined that kids were bound to make mistakes — albeit this one being one of a very serious nature.
“They’re going to make mistakes. This is a very serious mistake, and we’re hoping this person is gonna learn from this and be able to move on with her life.”
News of these threats being issued was previously reported by KHOU on Saturday. In the messages sent using a fake ID, the girl claimed she would kill everyone in the town of Splendora on July 13, 2014. Alarmed residents contacted police officials who investigated the case and zeroed in on the 13-year-old suspect earlier today.
It all started with the girl threatening 13-year-old Cristian Beasley, a leukemia patient. The girl sent him a message that threatened to kill him.
The message came from an ID who claimed to be “Melissa Johnson,” said Click2Houston. The boy, obviously frightened by the threat, was sick the whole night, according to Cristian’s mother Amy Gaskamp. The threats then went beyond a single person after the account started talking about killing other students in the school district. Soon after, the account posted its intention to “take out” the entire town of Splendora on July 13. Some students in the region also received text messages that read:
“Go die with Cristian Beasley.”
Initially, there were accusations of Facebook being not co-operative enough with the police officials to help them track down the person behind the threats. This is incidentally not the first time the town of Splendora was threatened. Back in April, Jacob Marino, an ex-student, had threatened students and staff at Splendora high school.
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