2 juveniles in custody after unrelated threats were made to 2 Williamson County schools

May 9, 2019 in News by RBN

Editor’s note: Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody will hold a press conference at 3 p.m. to provide updates and information on the Cedar Valley Middle School threat. 

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two juveniles are in custody Thursday in two unrelated cases of threats being made to schools in Williamson County, according to Sheriff Robert Chody.

Late Wednesday night, Sheriff Chody announced a student was taken into custody after threats were made on Snapchat to Cedar Valley Middle School located at 8139 Racine Trail in Round Rock. The student, being a minor, is not named.

“Sheriff Chody will release more information as this complex investigation unfolds,” officials wrote.

On Tuesday, Williamson County officials beefed up security at the school and various other schools in the county due to a threat made on Snapchat to “shoot up the school.” At the time, Sheriff Chody said they believed the threat was of “foreign origin.”

A day later, a handgun was found in a neighborhood near Cedar Valley Middle School. At the time, officials said the gun was not found on campus and they didn’t believe it was related to the threat. No word Thursday if the gun remains unrelated to the threat.

Just a few hours after announcing the first arrest, Sheriff Chody announced another juvenile was in custody in connection with threats made to Liberty Hill High School located at 16,500 State Route 29 in Liberty Hill. The two cases are unrelated.

This threat was made on Twitter, according to Liberty Hill ISD, and the post included a video of a student “holding what looked like an assault rifle.” The post allegedly said the suspect would “shoot up” the school.

“Out of courtesy and peace of mind for the community, we will continue to have law enforcement at schools for an undisclosed amount of time,” the sheriff’s office wrote. They don’t believe there is any threat to the public or the schools.

In a joint video statement, Sheriff Chody and Liberty Hill Police Chief Maverick Campbell sought to ease fears and discuss the two arrests and security efforts by the two departments.