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A Dilley juvenile was detained and charged with making terroristic threats across various social media platforms only hours after the deadliest school shooting in Texas history.
The case developed shortly after an 18-year-old in Uvalde shot his grandmother and used an assault rifle to kill 19 children between the ages of 9 and 11 and two teachers on May 24.
Police investigating threats in Dilley say the 13-year-old middle school student used two social media platforms to claim that he was considering carrying out an attack.
Investigators have indicated that the student’s social media post included the words “All these prayers and shit, I’m finna do the same.”
Dilley Police Chief Homer Delgado said in a telephone interview on Tuesday morning that his office and other law enforcement agencies learned of the threats made by the juvenile due to their active monitoring of social media sites.
“We immediately opened an investigation and found the individual and took a statement,” the police chief said. “In juvenile cases it is hard because we have to wait for space [at a juvenile detention facility] to open up before we can pick them up.”
The juvenile was transported by Dilley police officers to a facility in Victoria last week and faced a judge over an online conference platform in Frio County on Friday, May 27.
Dilley ISD Superintendent Dr. Emilio Castro addressed the public in a letter last week to report the district was taking extra safety precautions by providing an additional law enforcement presence.
“Recently, an individual posted a threat related to our school district,” the letter read. “Thanks to the swift action of our outstanding Dilley Police Department that individual is now in police custody. The individual claims it was a bad joke but our district and law enforcement do not take any threat lightly.”