School districts shut down in TX and Calif, teens arrested in alleged copycat plots after Uvalde

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As parents in Uvalde, Texas, and across the nation grieve over the loss of 19 children and two teachers following a horrific mass shooting, incidents of teens threatening to shoot up schools in California and Texas are popping up and a Texas student was arrested for having guns in his car.

Thursday, a Texas school district shut down all campuses after a mass shooting threat was reported to the police. Donna Independent School District announced on its Facebook page that it has decided to close all schools in light of recent events and out of an abundance of caution.

The district is in the Rio Grande Valley area near McAllen.

According to The Monitor, an AK-47 and a list of targeted students were found by police in the home of one of the suspects.

Two to three suspects were involved in a foiled plot to open fire on one of the district’s campuses according to the media outlet. Donna ISD superintendent Angela Dominguez stated that she cannot comment on the details of the situation, but confirmed they will be shutting down all campuses Thursday and Friday and said they are taking action out of an abundance of caution.

In San Antonio, Northside Independent School District is also investigating a threat that was made via social media against one of its campuses on Wednesday. The district said it’s aware of a photo circulating on Instagram of someone threatening the students at Sul Ross Middle School at 3630 Callaghan Road.

A Richardson, Texas student was also arrested and charged on Wednesday with unlawful carrying of weapons in a weapon-free school zone after an AK-47 style gun and a replica AR-15 rifle were found in his vehicle, according to the New York Post.

An unnamed worker at a business in Richardson called police to report a male walking in the 1500 block of East Spring Valley Road towards Berkner High School with what appeared to be a rifle just before 11 am. Within minutes police arrived at the school and located the student. The teen was unarmed when he was arrested but the guns were found in his car.

Police thanked the “vigilant awareness and actions of the person who initially called 911 to alert law enforcement.”

California law enforcement arrested an unnamed teen on Wednesday for making online threats to shoot people at two different schools.

A Fremont, California school contacted police after threats were made against a school employee online using “racial epithets.” The teen was identified and arrested on Wednesday morning. Police stated that the teen is being charged with felony terrorist threats and a hate crime.

“While numerous subjects were involved in this conversation, the student who was arrested made direct threats of gun violence towards the school employee. The student also made comments about committing additional gun violence at an unnamed secondary school,” police said in a statement.

“The arrested student is a 17-year-old male, and due to his age, his identity will not be released,” authorities said.

Police searched the teen’s home and they found “numerous pieces of evidence,” but they did not find a gun.

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