On Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at approximately 2:10pm, Frisco Police arrested two 14-year-old students for making threats towards Stafford Middle School, a Frisco ISD School. Both students attend Stafford Middle School.
In the early afternoon of May 29, 2018, the Frisco Police Department was made aware of a threat against Stafford Middle School. The threats were reported to school staff by Stafford Middle School students who overheard the suspects discussing bringing guns to school and conducting a school shooting. Frisco Police School Resource Officers were able to identify the two 14-year-old students, and after an investigation, the students were placed under arrest for Exhibition of Firearm (TX Education Code 37.125 – see below), a 3rd degree felony which is punishable by 2 to 10 years in jail. While no firearms were displayed or brought to the school during this incident, the mere threat alone meets the elements for the below listed offense.
Sec. 37.125. EXHIBITION, USE, OR THREAT OF EXHIBITION OR USE OF FIREARMS. (a) A person commits an offense if, in a manner intended to cause alarm or personal injury to another person or to damage school property, the person intentionally:
(1) exhibits or uses a firearm:
(A) in or on any property, including a parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area, that is owned by a private or public school; or
(B) on a school bus being used to transport children to or from school-sponsored activities of a private or public school;
(2) threatens to exhibit or use a firearm in or on property described by Subdivision (1)(A) or on a bus described by Subdivision (1)(B) and was in possession of or had immediate access to the firearm; or
(3) threatens to exhibit or use a firearm in or on property described by Subdivision (1)(A) or on a bus described by Subdivision (1)(B).
(b) An offense under Subsection (a)(1) or (2) is a third degree felony.
(c) An offense under Subsection (a)(3) is a Class A misdemeanor.
Following the arrest, Frisco Chief of Police John Bruce stated, “The Frisco Police Department takes each of these school threats seriously. ALL statements of this nature will be handled swiftly and appropriately. Students need to understand that making threats could create a criminal record that will follow them for their entire lives. Make smart choices. If you see/hear something, say something!”
No other information will be released at this time.
Anyone with information regarding this offense is requested to contact the Frisco Police Department at (972) 292-6010. They can also send an anonymous tip by texting FRISCOPD and the tip to 847411 (tip411) or by downloading the Frisco PD app available on Android and iOS devices.
Frisco Police PIO’s are available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 972-292-6133.