Granbury Police Chief Mitch Galvan on Friday told the Hood County News that a Granbury High School student has been charged with a state jail felony crime under the category of “false alarm or report” in connection with Thursday’s social media post that made a reference to a gun on campus. A pending charge against a second GHS student has not yet been filed, Galvan noted.
“As of today, only one has been charged and that student was 16. The other student is 17 and those charges are pending,” Galvan explained Friday in an email. He noted that the names of the two individuals are not being released, because they are juveniles.
GISD Director of Communications Jeff Meador stated on Friday via email that, “Two Granbury High School students were apprehended by law enforcement today after making anonymous posts on the social media platform Yik Yak. Although both students admitted that the posts included threats that were not real, we take this very seriously. Both students face charges with law enforcement, and the school will follow district policy and the Student Code of Conduct regarding campus discipline.”
Meador mentioned that the GISD appreciated “the quick action of the Granbury Police Department, Hood County Sheriff’s Office, Hood County Crime Stoppers, along with our own Granbury ISD security team to identify the individuals who made these posts. Law enforcement contacted Yik Yak, which disclosed the registered phone numbers behind those accounts.”
When asked for the exact wording of the Yik Yak posts, Galvan stated, “At this time, we will not be releasing any details of the text messages due to this being an ongoing investigation.”
On Thursday evening, Galvan released the following statement to the HCN:
“The Granbury Police Department investigated the incident today at the Granbury High School, and were assisted by the Granbury Independent School District, Hood County Sheriff’s Office, Hood County Emergency Management, and the Texas Department of Public Safety – Highway Patrol. A substantial law enforcement presence was on campus to ensure the safety of the students and staff of Granbury High School. We are grateful for the assistance of each agency.
“As a result of the investigation, two individuals were identified and questioned as being responsible for posting two social media comments which were the root cause of the belief of a gun on campus and threat to students and staff. Both individuals are juveniles and as such our comments on the case will be limited. We do not believe an active threat is present to any campus in the Granbury Independent School District. The Granbury Police Department will continue to investigate this incident.”