Westlake High School student’s threat under investigation

Westlake High School (KXAN)
Westlake High School (KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Eanes ISD says classes will be held as normal at Westlake High School on Thursday after reports of a possible threat made against the school on Wednesday.

Superintendent Dr. Tom Leonard told parents in a note early Thursday morning that the male student who made the threat was found and is being evaluated. Leonard says he understands if parents want to keep students home on Thursday and will honor any parent’s decisions about attendance. Counselors will also be available at the school to help students.

Austin Police say no charges are currently pending against the student. Police say they were contacted by the Travis County Sheriff’s department for help because the student lives in Austin.

“At this time we do not believe [the threat] is credible. The student will be evaluated and the student will not be at Westlake High School until we are confident that we are in a safe situation,” said Dr. Leonard.

The district says it got reports from parents and students that a teenage male had said Wednesday he was going to “do harm to others at Westlake HS” on Thursday.

“Our students did exactly what we wanted them to do, late in the day and evening there were some statements made on social media and pictures that were disturbing to some of our students who shared it in some cases with their parents who shared it with us,” said Dr. Leonard.

The district says charges could be on the way for the student. The penalties for making a threat to a school can range from a misdemeanor to a state jail felony. The charge is higher if the threat makes large numbers of people fear for their safety. The punishment also comes with jail time and a hefty fine.

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