Police Encourages Community to Report Suspicious Posts
LA FERIA – A La Feria student’s social media post landed him behind bars and possibly facing some serious charges.
La Feria ISD posted a statement on its Facebook page to families about a threat on social media that sent families into panic.
"Parents and students... apparently there were some posts on social media this afternoon concerning threats at La Féria High School. District administration has been working with the police department and have determined the threats are not credible. All scheduled activities will continue as planned."
Friday morning the school had extra security patrolling on and around campus.
The school district’s assistant superintendent, Cynthia Torres, said the district immediately contacted law enforcement and investigated the potential threat. Through the investigation they found the threat was not credible.
“So we addressed the situation as promptly as we could and we investigated the information and it appeared not to be a direct to any of the campuses or anything involving the district,” she said.
Posts regarding the threat against the high school were shared on Facebook. That’s what alerted La Feria Police Chief Cesar Diaz.
“Yes, definitely, we take any threat to the community or to the school district or our kids very seriously,” he said.
The post warned others.
“Nowadays on social media, it makes a big impact on our community and people seem to follow social media,” Diaz explained.
The chief said what people post isn’t overlooked and could possible lead to trouble.
“Depending on what is being posted, if there’s elements for something that was violated, if it was done in a malicious way, of course, there is consequences especially if comes to the safety of our community,” he said.
Diaz said he hopes people learn.
“We would rather if they see information out there, we encourage our community to report any type of crime or any type of illegal activity that they spot on social media so we can look at it and assess it appropriately,” he said.
Diaz said they’re working towards organizing a local crime stoppers unit to work the community, including schools and students. He hopes this will help people feel more comfortable and know how to share information with law enforcement.