Teen Arrested for Allegedly Threat of Violence at Falfurrias High School

A disturbing message found Friday at Falfurrias High School, threatening violence against everyone who showed up to school on Monday, led to the arrest of one teen.

The note was found in the boys restroom at the high school on Friday, and on Sunday night, Falfurrias police arrested 17-year old Ricardo Chavera.

Despite that bust, a heavy police presence was still at the school as a precaution Monday.

"We have to take it very seriously," said David Perry, superintendent of Brooks County Independent School District. "This is a felony offense. Unfortunately, some kids might think it's a joke, or for fun. Both me and the police department take this very seriously."

The Falfurrias Police Department, the Brooks County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Border Patrol agents were at the school Monday. According to the superintendent, everyone going into the school had to not only go through a checkpoint, but they also had a controlled access into the school -- only one entrance was used.

Students, employees and even contract workers had to go through a metal detector. Officers were also inside patrolling the hallways.

Chavera's mother said that her son did not do it. She said he was questioned Sunday evening at her house, and police later came back to arrest him.

"When I opened my door, guns drawn to my son. Like 12 cops surrounded my house, going pointing at my son. He is 17. He wasn't armed," Jessica Chavera said. "I want justice. There is no point in my son being in jail. There is no proof."

Jessica Chavera said that another student had been giving her son trouble all year long. She believes it was that troubled student who wrote the note. She said her son is an honor roll student and has never been in trouble. He is also a football and baseball player.
The superintendent said they did have a low attendance rate on Monday.


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