Two teens face charges of threatening a school after authorities were alerted Wednesday to a post on Instagram showing a young man with a pistol in his waistband and the caption, "Don't come to school tomorrow."
Officers detained a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old at their homes Wednesday night after Richland Middle School officials identified the student in the Instagram post.
The gun was later determined to be a plastic toy gun, police said.
The two were taken into custody about 7 p.m. Wednesday and were taken before a municipal judge. They were later taken to the Tarrant County Juvenile Detention Center.
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"In light of recent school shootings, our community must come together and continue focusing on school safety," Richland Middle School Principal Mark McCanlies said in a letter to parents. "We no longer live in a world where these types of threats can be discounted as jokes."
The investigation began shortly before 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when police received a call from a resident about the Instagram post. The resident gave authorities a possible name after talking it over with his daughter.
Officers went to Richland Middle School where a 14-year-old was identified as the student with the gun and the 13-year-old was identified as taking the photo, police said. The students are not being identified because they are juveniles.
The teens face charges of delinquent conduct/terroristic threat, police said.