A Hitchcock High School student was charged Monday with a third-degree felony after being accused of telling classmates and a teacher he was going to turn the campus into another Parkland, Fla., police said.
Trevion Henderson McFadden, 18, was charged with terroristic threat after an investigation that began Monday, Hitchcock police Capt. John Jenkins said.
During a test at the high school Friday, a teacher suspected McFadden of cheating and took his test and said he was done, Jenkins said.
McFadden is accused of getting up in front of the class and saying he would turn the place into a Florida situation, Jenkins said.
Hitchcock police were notified of the incident Monday and immediately began an investigation, Jenkins said.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, made national headlines when he shot and killed 17 students and teachers on Valentine’s Day at his former high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Since the incident, school districts across the nation, including at least two in Galveston County, have responded to rumors of similar threats against campuses.
The League City Police Department in a recent Facebook post said it was aware of a threat against students and faculty at Clear Creek High School.
The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, which handles security at the school, was contacted. The two departments provided extra patrols at the school, although the threat was believed to be a hoax.
At Galveston Independent School District, school officials were alerted to a social media rumor about someone causing a “severe disruption” at Ball High School on Feb. 27. The school investigated that threat, and determined it was a “false rumor,” according to a message sent to parents.
McFadden’s arrest Monday is the first instance in the county of someone being charged for making such a threat since the shooting.
McFadden’s bond is set at $20,000, records show. He was still in custody at the Galveston County Jail on Tuesday afternoon, according to jail records.
A third-degree felony is punishable by a sentence of two to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000, prosecutors said Tuesday.