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Morton Ranch High student charged with making school threat

August 28, 2018

A Morton Ranch High School student was in custody Tuesday after his arrest for making a terroristic threat, Katy Independent School District authorities confirmed.

Katy ISD officials did not identify the student. Morton Ranch High principal Julie Hinson sent out a letter to parents about the incident, which was investigated by Katy ISD police.

“No students or staff were harmed by the threat, nor were any actions taken by the perpetrator,” Hinson wrote.

District officials flatly denied reports the unnamed student was planning a “shoot out” on the campus.

“That information is completely false,” a Katy ISD spokeswoman said in a statement.

Hinson reminded Morton Ranch parents that she considered communications with the students to be the first line of defense in keeping the school a safe place.

“I ask that you use this incident as a teachable moment with your child,” she wrote.

District officials did not say what kind of school-related sanctions the student could face - in addition to any criminal charges.

“Students who make threats will be disciplined to the fullest extent allowable by law and district policy,” Hinson said. “Safety is our highest priority.”

mike.glenn@chron.com

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