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Gun threat made at Katy High School

February 4, 2019

After a gun threat made on social media caused panic among parents Sunday night, Katy ISD officials acted.

A Katy High School student made a threatening post on Instagram over the weekend stating that he was going to “do a school shooting on Monday” after making racist remarks and then ending the post with “I’ll kill you (explicit).”

In a statement to parents Sunday night, Katy High School Principal Dr. Rick Hull said Katy ISD officials had quickly identified the student who posted the message and had contacted the student’s parents.

“(We) are dealing with this issue in the proper manner, including appropriate disciplinary action in accordance with the Katy ISD Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct,” Hull said. “We are very glad that the post was reported to Katy ISD Police, as the safety of our students is always our primary concern.”

Hull said he encourages students, parents and the community to communicate their concerns with the school or the police department rather than making postings to social media, “as these types of posts tend to cause unnecessary panic.”

In a Facebook group Sunday during Super Bowl LIII, parents discussed the Instagram post and questioned what Katy ISD officials were going to do about it. Many said they were not going to take their children to school the next day.

When asked about the Instagram post, Interim Chief Tim Tyler said it was the first he had of it.

Crimes in the school district are usually handled by the Katy ISD police department.

The Katy ISD would not comment other than to provide the statement from Hull to parents.

It’s been nine months since ten people were fatally shot and 13 other were wounded at the Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas in May 2018. The shooting happened just 50 miles from Katy.

michelle.iracheta@chron.com

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