, Port Arthur, Texas

April 8, 2013

Two Groves Middle School students arrested for social media threats

Erinn Callahan
The Port Arthur News

GROVES — Two 14-year-old Groves Middle School students were taken into custody Sunday, April 7, after threatening to harm a student via a social media networking site.

The student mentioned in the posts was immediately notified. Groves Police Department searched the students' residences and determined that they did not possess the means to carry out the threat. After both students confessed to posting the threats, they were charged with making a terroristic threat — a third-degree felony.

Both juveniles are currently being held at the Minnie Rogers Juvenile Detention Center in Beaumont.

"We want to reassure parents that the Groves Police Department has a zero tolerance policy regarding threats — whether they are made over the telephone, in person or via the Internet," said Lt. Kirk Rice in a statement. "We encourage parents and students to immediately report any threat directed towards a student, school or faculty member. A threat against the safety and security of our schools will always be of the highest priority."