Stephenville police take male juvenile into custody after making shooting threat on TikTok.

Updated: Oct 24


Stephenville police took part in active shooter training earlier this year.

By SARA VANDEN BERGE


The public is being credited for alerting authorities to a threat allegedly made by a male student in the Stephenville ISD.


“He made comments on a TikTok video threatening that a shooting would happen at Henderson Junior High School on Monday,” Captain James Gresham with the Stephenville Police Department told Beneath the Surface News.

The juvenile was taken into custody at his home about 5 p.m. on Sunday. He has been charged with making a terroristic threat, a third degree felony.


The following are portions from a press release about the incident issued by the SPD:


On Saturday, Sept. 22, the Stephenville Police Department received a report regarding a threat made to Henderson Jr. High via social media.

Since that time officers with the Stephenville Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and personnel with the Stephenville Independent School District have worked tirelessly to assess the threat and identify the perpetrator.


Because the suspect is a juvenile, no additional identifying information will be available.


At this time, there is no information to believe there are additional suspects outstanding.

Investigators with SPD along with SISD personnel will continue to investigate all aspects of this threat and take appropriate action to protect the safety and welfare of students, faculty and staff.


The Stephenville Police Department would like to thank the public for the multitude of tips and calls that we have received. The outpouring of concern from our community is what truly makes Stephenville and Erath County a great place to live.

The information provided by the public, along with assistance from SISD personnel, was critical to helping locate and identify the suspect.


In addition, the department would like to thank members of the Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Law Enforcement Division Game Warden, the Erath County and district attorneys and Juvenile Probation for their assistance.

Anyone with information about the case should contact the SPD at 254-918-1273.


Due to the stressful nature of these types of incidents, and out of an abundance of caution, an increased law enforcement presence will take place at all SISD campuses tomorrow.