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DA, CCISD Police taking King HS threats seriously

Posted: 6:27 PM, May 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-24 19:27:47-04

Three King High School students were charged after a social media video showed them making threats against the school.

19 year old Ezekiel Barrera, 17 year old William Arias, and 17 year old Eric Alfaro were appeared in Nueces County Court Thursday, charged with making terroristic threats.

CCISD’s Police Chief calls the video, posted to Barrera’s Instagram account, disturbing,

“You don’t want anyone talking about doing anything to one of your campuses,” said Chief Kirby Warnke.  “They’ve got to know it’s pretty serious and it could, as in this case, result in criminal charges.”

The students were charged with a 3rd degree felony because the threat came against a large group of people, according to Nueces County District Attorney Mark Gonzalez who says the men face two-to-ten years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

They’re looking at 2-10 years in prison, with a $10,000 fine

“Every threat will be taken very seriously and we will hold these individuals accountable, regardless of their age or their maturity,” said Gonzalez.

A sentiment echoed by Chief Warnke, who says his department is committed to preventing a tragedy from happening on a CCISD campus.

“We have ample examples in other situations where someone didn’t take it seriously, that will not be what we do, that will not happen on our watch,” said Warnke.