Facebook Threat Prompts Arrest at Odessa High

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Early Wednesday morning, a threat to Odessa High School was made on Facebook.

Authorities aren't releasing what it said but it was enough for them.

"We're going to evaluate each and every situation on its own merits," Ector County ISD Chief of Police, Mark Rowden, said. "The situation that occurred this morning, it brought a lot of concern to us. It got our attention."

It was enough for ECISD Police to form a perimeter and search around the home of the Bronchos around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning after they were tipped off.

"Social media keeps things going sometimes, but like anything else, it's got two sides to it and in this case it worked to our advantage because somebody saw it and tipped us off to it," ECISD Director of Communications, Mike Adkins, said.

Police had their 16-year-old male suspect by 8:45 a.m.

NewsWest 9 was told he had no weapons on him but no names and no descriptions are available.

Local residents said these kinds of threats happen often.

"There's a lot of times. There was one last year and then the shooting," Cres Talavera said. "I don't even remember the others."

Police said quick action prevented any threats to other students.

"In any situation, we want to minimize exposure or the possibility of any exposure to danger for our students and our staff," Rowden said.

District officials said social media originated the threat but it also worked with officers to eliminate the threat before the first period bell rang.

"The reason they do training's and the reason we do drills during the year is just for something like this so that everybody knows how to respond," Adkins said.

"That's like threatening our country," Talavera said. "You're just going to go to jail for a long time."

The 16-year-old male suspect is being charged with making a terroristic threat, which is a third-degree felony.