Students and staff at two Corpus Christi campuses were threatened in a social media post that was generated outside the country, police said Tuesday.
The schools involved were Corpus Christi ISD’s King High School and Annapolis Christian Academy, a private Christian institution.
Investigators with the Corpus Christi police’s Criminal Investigation Division and Organized Crime Unit were notified of the post by the school district’s police department Chief Kirby Warnke on Saturday. Together, they immediately launched an investigation to determine the validity of the threats, as well as to identify the suspect or suspects involved.
Operations Division officers, along with those from the Corpus Christi ISD Police Department, met with administrators at both schools to coordinate a law enforcement response. They also provided uniformed presence at the campuses, which were not identified.
Warnke said there was an implied threat via social media, but no overt threat. He said they are currently trying to track down the owner of the social media account.
“Although there was no actual direct threat, we are taking precautions and increasing our security presence at the campus,” Warnke said. “Precinct 2 Constable Jason McCahan said he’d have some of his staff out there to support our efforts as well.”
Detectives, working closely with the FBI and Homeland Security Investigations, were able to gather information leading them to believe the posts originated from outside the United States.
Authorities have not released the country of origin of the posts.
Investigators are continuing the case to determine the identity of the foreign poster, as well as whether they have any local ties to the community, police said in a statement.
Corpus Christi police urge the community to contact investigators with any information regarding these threats at 361-886-2840.
If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 361-888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online here.
John Oliva covers education and community news in South Texas. Consider supporting local journalism with a subscription to the Caller-Times.