FORNEY, Texas — A Forney High School student was arrested Monday morning after allegedly making a false report in connection with a video being circulated among students.
"A report was made to campus administration about a video being airdropped from student to student that could be perceived as a threat," read an email to parents from Forney High School Principal Dr. Jonathan Campbell.
"Local law enforcement was immediately notified and began investigating, determining there was no current threat to the campus," he stated.
"FISD takes all threats seriously. We ask students and parents to say something if they hear or see a message that would create concern," continued the email. "We have a method to report through Anonymous Alerts on our website and mobile app."
According to the Texas Penal Code, Title 9, Chapter 42, Section 42.06, a person commits an offense of false alarm or report "if he knowingly initiates, communicates or circulates a report of a present, past, or future bombing, fire, offense, or other emergency that he knows is false or baseless and that would ordinarily: (1) cause action by an official or volunteer agency organized to deal with emergencies; (2) place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; or (3) prevent or interrupt the occupation of a building, room, place of assembly, place to which the public has access, or aircraft, automobile, or other mode of conveyance."
Because the false report involved a secondary school, the offense is a state-jail felony, according to the Texas Penal Code.
"Students, parents, community, local law enforcement, and district staff form a powerful alliance in keeping everyone safe," stated Campbell.