The McKinney Police Department has taken a juvenile into custody after investigators received several tips about a Facebook post that included details on how to carry out a mass shooting at McKinney Boyd High School.
At approximately 8:40 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, the McKinney Police Department (MPD) received several tips referencing a Facebook post that included details on how to carry out a mass shooting at McKinney-Boyd High School, according to a police report issued Tuesday morning.
"The MPD responded with an immediate investigation and a juvenile suspect was identified," the police report stated. "At approximately 9:25 p.m., MPD responded to the suspect’s residence, where the suspect was taken into custody. Due to the suspect’s age, further details are not available."
The police report also says: "The McKinney Police Department takes any threat very seriously; however, a threat against the safety and security of our schools will always be of the highest priority. The MPD would like to thank all of it citizens, teachers, parents and students who called with detailed information concerning this threat."
Boyd Principal Rick McDaniel posted the following statement on McKinney Boyd High School's Facebook page:
"Monday evening we received information regarding threatening statements posted by a McKinney Boyd High School student on Facebook. District officials immediately notified law enforcement agencies and action was taken to address the situation. The individual has been detained and is in custody of the McKinney Police Department. As always, student safety is our number one priority and such comments, whether sincere or as a joke, will not be tolerated and the District will prosecute to the fullest extent that the law allows. We appreciate your support and look forward to a safe and productive day of learning at McKinney Boyd High School on Tuesday. -- Mr. McDaniel"
According to CBS-DFW, students on campus say the teen who posted this threat was bullied at school, which may have contributed to the threats. The school district says the it has yet to decide the punishment for the student involved, CBS-DFW says.
According to WFAA-TV, the student began the Facebook post this way: "this is a dark thought i had....don't worry im not going to do anything." The post then went on to describe in detail how the shooting could occur and then ended with the words, "then shoot myself."