2 students charged with making threats
Two Round Rock charter school students were arrested Monday and charged with making terroristic threats, Round Rock police said.
The students attend Meridian World School and made the threats over social media, police said. Police officials did not share additional information about what the reported threats said.
The threat was not specific, but the students were removed from the school while their comments are investigated, according to KVUE-TV.
Administrators said they became aware of “two students having discussions on social media relating to firearms that we deemed inappropriate and of potential concern,” KVUE reported.
— Katie Hall, American-Statesman
District: 12-year-old arrested for threats
A 12-year-old middle school student in Killeen has been arrested for making terroristic threats against Killeen school district campuses.
The female student is being investigated by Killeen police, the FBI and authorities at Fort Hood, the school district said.
Authorities said the girl made threats to Roy J. Smith Middle School, where she is a student, and to other schools that caused widespread fear among parents and students, the district said.
“The social media posts were shared widely by parents and students and severely disrupted the learning environment at schools,” the district said. “School officials fielded hundreds of phone calls from concerned parents as the threats were being shared across social media.”
Superintendent John Craft said the district takes threats seriously, and will be pursuing charges at the district, state and federal level.
— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman
Robber strikes sex shop, owners ask for help
A North Austin sex shop is asking for the public’s help after it says someone broke into the store over the weekend and made off with “a large amount of inventory.”
Owner Stephanie Boggs created a GoFundMe page for Q Toys, an adult store on Burnet Road near Anderson Lane, which she said was robbed early Saturday morning.
“They smashed out a front window, took a large amount of inventory, and left us feeling pretty shaken up,” Boggs said. “It’s very violating to have someone come into your space where you work every day.”
Boggs said the masked robber didn’t take any money, but focused sights on a very specific piece of inventory — a brand of adult toys called We-Vibe that she called expensive and “techy.”
“They knew what they were looking for,” Boggs said. “It’s very desirable in our store. We sell a lot of it.”
Austin police confirmed they responded to a burglary at the store at 6:03 a.m. on Saturday. No one has been arrested yet, Boggs said.
The store is now seeking $2,500 in donations to help make up for its losses. On Wednesday morning it had pulled in more than $1,400.
“People are being very sweet,” Boggs said. “We have a fantastic customer base.”
— Mary Huber, American-Statesman