JUST IN: Former Leander ISD student arrested for threatening social media posts


A former Leander student was arrested on Wednesday for posting threatening images to social media, including one saying he could have “shot up” a church, an arrest affidavit filed on Wednesday said.

Viet Quoc Duong, 18, was booked into the Travis County Jail on Wednesday on a charge of making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony punishable up to 10 years in prison. He is being held on $25,000 bail, jail records show.

The arrest affidavit said the Leander school district safety director informed deputies on Wednesday morning about a “serious situation” at Vandegrift High School related to Duong.

The director said Duong, who was a former student at the school, had posted disturbing images to social media on Tuesday night while attending a high school choir performance, according to the document.

The affidavit said Duong had been kicked out of the choir group while he was still a student last year.

“Duong has resentment and animosity toward the choir group and the class,” the document said. “He has older Instagram posts that depict his anger and these are mostly with a theme of violence.”

On Tuesday night, while the choir group was performing at University Presbyterian Church near the University of Texas campus, Duong posted a photo to his Instagram account at 10:10 p.m. sitting in a church pew with a caption that said, “Coulda shot up that church and it would’ve felt like Disneyland,” the affidavit said.

Another posted at 10:45 p.m. showed him in a vehicle holding a gun, the affidavit said. 

The posts were circulated on social media by students at Vandegrift, who brought it to the attention of administrators, saying they were afraid of a school shooting, according to the document.

Deputies responded to Duong’s home and confiscated his phone, on which he  had saved the photo of him with the gun that was posted from the same account as the image in the church, the report said. 

The Vandegrift principal sent a letter to parents informing them of the incident. 

“We have no information to suggest there is a threat to our campus,” the letter said. “If your student has additional concerns or questions about his or her safety, please refer them to our administrative team or their school counselor, and we will provide the appropriate support.”


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