KYLE, Texas (KXAN) – A 17-year-old student at Jack C. Hays High School was arrested early Thursday morning after deputies say he threatened the school.
James “Jimmy” Wayne Archer was charged with terroristic threat and booked into the Hays County Jail where he was held in lieu of $50,000 bond.
The Hays Consolidated Independent School District sent out a email to parents saying a student overheard the suspect say he might bring a gun to school. District officials notified Sheriff’s Deputies. The principal of Hays High, David Pierce sent a note to parents at 2:00 AM and again at 7:00 AM to fill parents in on developments.
Rumors spread throughout the school while teachers and school officials tried to get the facts and notify parents. “It is high school after all,” a freshman student joked to us after school. Parents were concerned over social media. , Leena Mars wrote on facebook that she “went to pick up my daughter because she was texting something different than what the school and media is claiming.”
“We have to play by the rules,” Principal Pierce said, dismissing the rumors. The school district is working with Hays County Sheriff and did not want to release information without clearing it with deputies first. Pierce personally sent a note home to parents, giving them all the information the Hays County Sheriff gave out to the public.
The district also has push notifications on their app, available through the Apple Store and Google Play. They sync with the email system.
Deputies say Archer “disclosed that he made statements consistent with the allegations although he had no intention of acting on the threats.”
Deputies and district officials say there is no threat to the school.