The felony case against an El Campo High School student who allegedly posted a social media post is progressing with the Wharton County Grand Jury issuing a single-court indictment during May deliberations.
Seventeen-year-old Abraham Hernandez now faces up to two years in state jail for issuing a false alarm or report.
On April 1, he allegedly used social media to post the image of “a student in a shooting stance with a gun pointed forward” with a caption indicating danger.
Normally a Class A misdemeanor, the alleged act becomes a state jail felony because it targeted a school.
“When it comes to school, there’s not much they are going to let by anymore with everything that has gone on. Do something stupid, you suffer the consequences,” El Campo police Lt. Russell Urban said.
High school officials were able to quickly determine the image was false shortly after it was posted.
ECHS staff quickly identified the image “to be a clip out of a video made by Ms. Waters (ECISD Superintendent Kelly Waters as part of a video showing efforts to prepare for campus threats). It was pretty evident what it was,” ECHS Assistant Principal Todd Fuechec told the newspaper shortly after the incident.