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Police: Lorena student arrested after threatening school through Instagram

Police: Lorena student arrested after threatening school through Instagram

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A senior at Lorena High School was arrested Thursday after making threats of a “Columbine style” attack supposed to take place Friday at the school, Lorena Police Chief Tom Dickson said.

Daniel Dakota Weber, 17, of Lorena, was arrested and taken to McLennan County Jail on one charge of making a terrorist threat, a third-degree felony.

Lorena school officials notified police of the threat late Thursday morning, according to an arrest affidavit.

Dickson said the threat was made through the social media platform Instagram as a direct message to the high school.

In the threat, Weber said he and his friends were going to enter the high school and open fire on people before planting C4 bombs across the campus, according to the affidavit. Weber also threatened to open fire on law enforcement if they were called to the scene, the document states.

Dickson said officers were able to work with Instagram and request emergency records showing the name, email address and phone number used to register the account. The phone number was linked to Weber’s father, he said.

Officers were able to determine Weber was not at the school at the time of the threat, Dickson said.

Attempts to reach Lorena Independent School District officials for comment were unsuccessful, but Dickson said the school was not locked down and classes went ahead as normal Friday. All threats are taken seriously, he said.

“The school has a procedure that they do whenever they receive a threat like this,” Dickson said. “It can be anywhere from extra monitoring of the premises and it could go to a full lockdown, but that is the school’s policy.”

He said no weapons or explosives were found at the time of Weber’s arrest. During an interview with officers, Weber said he sent the threat because he did not want to go to school Friday and was hoping classes would be canceled, police reported.

Weber remained in McLennan County Jail on Friday. Bond information had not been posted Friday afternoon.

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Hailing from the Chicagoland area, Amaris E. Rodriguez is a 2019 graduate of Northeastern Illinois University and formerly worked the Journal & Topics news organization in Des Plains, Illinois.

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