A Bloomington High School student is suspected of making a terroristic threat after he admitted to authorities he created a Snapchat post that read “the school will be finished” along with an image of a gun.
Hugo Rocha, 17, was released to his parent after being interviewed by the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office, according to a news release issued Wednesday night, and he was also suspended from school.
“The investigation revealed that Rocha did not pose a credible threat to the safety and security of the staff and students,” the news release said.
Making a terroristic threat is a third-degree felony.
Superintendent Abbie Barnett said in a statement: “This student reported that he did not intend to harm anyone. ... Until further notice, this student will not be on a Bloomington ISD campus. We expect to see all of our students enjoying a safe and fun learning environment from this point forward.”
The threat did not target a specific person but was a general statement, Barnett said.
When district officials learned about the threat Wednesday morning, they contacted the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office to begin the investigation, he said.
Additional deputies were on campus and adult staff patrolled the parking lots, he said, adding that students were safe to come to school Wednesday.
“We do everything we can to make sure everyone’s safe,” he said. “We will miss the kids that left today, but I do understand.”
Meanwhile, Victoria school district officials were made aware the sheriff’s office was investigating the social media threat in Bloomington ISD, said Shawna Currie, VISD director of communications. VISD received several calls from concerned parents, Currie said. The district sent a notification to all district parents letting them know that the threat being investigated was in Bloomington and that there was not been a threat to any of the VISD campuses, she said.
The Victoria Police Department and sheriff’s office coordinated with Bloomington Independent School District and Victoria Independent School District to ensure the safety of the students and staff, according to the news release.