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Juveniles Threatening Area Schools

From KRIS TV..

Ten juveniles accused of making terrorist threats against area schools are in custody.All ten are being held at the Nueces County Juvenile Justice Center, which houses juvenile offenders.On Wednesday morning, six of those juveniles appeared before Judge Timothy McCoy in County Court at Law 5, on Gollihar Road.

That court primarily handles juvenile crime offenses and case involving Child Protective Services.During Wednesday's hearing, four students from Driscoll Middle School, one student from Hamlin Middle School and one student from Dorothy Adkins Middle School appeared in court.All of them were shackled and their parents and guardian appeared by their side.

Judge McCoy told each defendant they will undergo a psychological examination to make sure they are mentally fit and not going to follow through with a threat. That means each juvenile could spend any where from two weeks to a month at the Juvenile Justice Center.

During the hearing, the judge reprimanded the juveniles, saying, "Everybody needs to know that if you come in here for making a threat like that, that's what's going to happen you understand. You're not going to walk out of here until I know you're safe and I know everybody else is safe. If this is something you did, you deserve to be punished. If you didn't by all means I will be here. I'm here to help."

Since the February 14th school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 dead, police have received several calls of juveniles threatening to attack students at area schools.Judge McCoy said, "This is happening too much and with the incidents that happened in Florida, this isn't funny. This stuff happens they shut schools down, law enforcement tools are wasted."

He ordered all six juveniles to be held at the Nueces County Juvenile Justice Center.

Meanwhile, if an adult or juvenile is caught making a terrorist threat, they will be arrested and be charged with a Class B misdemeanor. they will be arrested and detained. If convicted, they could face up to 180 days in jail and their parents could face a $2,000 fine....WHAT SHOULD BE THEIR PUNISHMENT?

From KIII website...Students at Calallen Middle School will see an increase in security on campus this morning. Police officers will be on campus after a threat was made.

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