WHAT SAY YOU?

Father goes public about son being held for two weeks in juvie detention for posting a picture of classmates with a gun superimposed in the corner seemingly pointed at them.

I was beginning to want to side with the dad until I got to the comments and saw it was posted on the anniversary of Columbine.

You decide.

A Clear Brook High School freshman who was arrested for allegedly making a threat through Snapchat is still in juvenile detention, two weeks after the arrest.

Now, his father is speaking exclusively to Eyewitness News.

The 14-year-old boy appeared before a judge Thursday morning. He was slight, wearing glasses, and quiet.

His father Tim, who does not want us to use his last name, was right by his side. Tim is finding it hard to believe that his middle child is still behind bars.

“He’s a great kid. He’s the type of son everybody wants, he doesn’t talk back, he’s very well mannered,” said Tim.

On April 20, the teen posted an image on his Snapchat. It showed several kids in the hallway and an image of a gun superimposed. Other students reported the image to school authorities, and soon, he was under arrest, facing felony charges.

However, there was never a real gun.

Two Clear Brook High School students were arrested for using social media to threaten the school, police say.

“There was never a weapon. I don’t allow weapons in my home at all, so he wouldn’t have had a weapon to begin with,” Tim said.
Because he’s charged with a felony, the 14-year-old with no criminal record still remains in juvenile detention, with no set date for release.

“It was a young child, who can be prosecuted in juvenile court, and who thought he was being funny at social media in this very poor attempt at humor,” said family attorney Nicole DeBorde.

DeBorde said because the teen was on school property when the alleged incident occurred, he is being charged under the Education Code, not the Penal Code. DeBorde said legally, the education code treats a picture of a weapon and a real loaded gun the same.

Tucker Graves, the incoming President of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, said he is frustrated that having an image of a gun can be treated so severely.

“I understand everyone has concerns over children in schools and guns, but I think once it was determined there was no actual gun, there was nothing in school, I think that should have been it,” said Graves.

The teen’s dad said his son now understands how serious even a Snapchat image could be. Tim said his son never intended to hurt anyone, and points out that a picture of a gun should not be treated the same as an actual weapon.

“My son’s been in here a long time, over an emoji, basically what it is. It’s been pretty tough for our family,” he added.

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3 Responses to WHAT SAY YOU?

  1. redneckgeezer says:

    In today’s world, the kid SHOULD be charged with a felony. He should be charged with felony STUPID. By the time you’re 14, you ought to know enough about how ridiculous this liberal controlled politically correct world is to know if you do/say/post something about guns and school you’re going to get in trouble. Not sure I agree with his incarceration, but I can’t imagine he’s that stupid, so it seems to indicate perhaps he could have been serious. On the other hand, there are a voluminous amount of stupid people freely roaming our world. Still sounds like an Orwellian reaction.

  2. BobF says:

    Geezer is right. The kid is extremely stupid. In today’s world, kids get expelled for eating a pop tart that might look like a gun, playing with squirt guns, and drawing pictures of guns. His stupid little antic is costing him big time.

  3. bogsidebunny says:

    Redneck is 100% correct. Kids are STUPID. Today and when I was his age in 1956. We all were fucking stupid. However, in today’s world where everyone is offended, need-safe-zone 24/7, scared of a photograph combined with the instant gratification electronic powered Social Network the things that were benign or ignored back 60 years ago are gonna get the STUPID kids put away in the slammer. This kid needs to have much of the STUPID beaten out of him by “daddy” to insure he’ll engage his immature brain before pulling another stupid stunt.

    When I reached my late teens I did a short failed stint in college then went to work for a short time, signed on with the military and in my mid-20’s got on with my adult life. But thanks to Liberal Socialist academia run Colleges and the lack of a draft (except in pro sports) the “STUPID phase” has stretched on into the friggin late 30’s

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