Police: Manor High School student makes threats to school’s safety

Rafael Gamboa. (Travis County Sheriff's Office)
Rafael Gamboa. (Travis County Sheriff's Office)

MANOR, Texas (KXAN) — A Manor High School student is in the Travis County Jail after police said he made threats to the school’s safety.

Police said on Friday an assistant principal at the school reached out to one of their school resource officers regarding what she considered as a threat to the safety of the school.

According to an arrest affidavit, police investigated and found a Snapchat video posted by the student, 17-year-old Rafael Gamboa, under the username of “School Shooter.” Police said the video, which was taken that same morning, showed the student standing behind bushes and other students at a pep rally in the school’s courtyard. The caption on the video read, “Loads glock, oh i’ll make y’all red.”

The affidavit said police removed Gamboa from class and searched his phone. In the suspect’s phone police say they found pictures of the shooters in the Columbine school massacre, a photo of the suspect in the school’s library with a ski mask on and a caption saying, “it’s about to happen, hopefully I’m first.”

Another video showed Gamboa mimicking holding a gun with the caption, “Don’t come to school tomorrow or face my ultimate weapon,” continued in the affidavit.

Police also found photos of a map of Manor High School with legends narrating how the attack would be carried out. The map, which was later found in Gamboa’s bedroom was detailed with shooting positions, location of explosives and location of an attack vehicle.

In a statement to KXAN, a representative for the Manor Independent School District said:

Student safety is and always will be our number one priority. Furthermore, we want to remind parents that school is a safe place to be, as we employ school resource officers to patrol our campuses and staff members are trained on lock down drills and other measures geared toward student safety in an emergency.

Manor ISD administrators had recently learned of an incident that required immediate action, and the incident was addressed in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

After reviewing the video taken Friday morning, police arrested Gamboa.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story stated that the student brought a gun to school. No gun was actually brought to campus, only threats were made.

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