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.
"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.