Students talking about muscle ‘guns’ leads to non-credible threat at Pflugerville school

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Although the threat against Hendrickson High School turned out not to be credible, officials are praising students for coming forward about a situation they felt was inappropriate.

Principal Daniel Garcia sent a letter to parents Thursday outlining a possible threat a student made the day before against the campus that school officials and Pflugerville ISD’s police chief decided to investigate.

“Several students in a gym class were discussing ‘guns’ in the context of their arm muscles, but the conversation turned to the topic of real guns, and other students in the class overheard a potential threat that was made by one of the students,” the principal wrote. He said that after a full investigation, they did not find a credible threat and determined the student did not have access to a weapon. Garcia emphasized that student safety and security will always be a top priority.

“You can be proud of the way the Hendrickson community responded to the situation, especially in light of yesterday’s tragedy in Florida,” Garcia wrote. “We have emphasized a ‘See Something, Say Something’ communication tool this year.” The school introduced an anonymous alert system that allows anyone — students, staff or parents — to report “negative activity” like fights, bullying, drugs and threats through either an app or the PfISD website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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