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Threatening social media post by middle schooler deemed ‘non-credible’ by police

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Highland Village Police are investigating a student for making a threat via social media.

Just before 6 p.m. on Monday, police received a call advising that a Briarhill Middle School student in Highland Village posted what was perceived as a threatening comment with what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol on Snapchat.

HVPD officers went to the juvenile’s home and recovered an airsoft 9mm replica that appeared to be the same gun in the Snapchat post.

The student was transferred to Denton County Juvenile Detention.

Although police are still investigating, HVPD does not believe there are any additional credible threats related to the incident.

“We are aware of a questionable social media post involving our school. Please know that the post was found to be unsubstantiated and students will continue to enjoy a safe and great day at Briarhill tomorrow,” said Chris Mattingly, Briarhill principal, in a notice sent to parents.

“We take threats and questionable social media activity – unsubstantiated or not – seriously, because the safety and security of your children is our top priority.”

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