Akins High School in south Austin on lockdown Thursday morning

Former student arrested, charged with making threats

February 22, 2018 - 10:19 am

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Akins High School in South Austin went on lockdown Thursday morning, according to Austin ISD officials.

Akins is located at 10701 South First Street. District officials said a student reported that a former student got on one of their school buses and made a verbal threat, talking about "shooting and blowing up the school". The former student stayed on the bus all the way to the Akins campus. The former student then reportedly made two more verbal threats, opened up his backpack and showed a student several items, then left the campus.

The campus, based on the student's report, issued a reverse evacuation at 9:45 a.m. and escalated to a lockdown at 9:52 a.m.

Officers, with help from Austin Police, were able to find the suspect less than a mile away near the Southpark Meadows shopping center, just before 10:30 a.m.. Inside the suspect's backpack, officers found a magazine and ammunition, but no gun. The suspect, who is 17 years old, was a student at Akins until two weeks ago, but officials said they were unable to say why the student was no longer attending Akins.

Searches of the campus continued, with the lockdown finally being lifted around 1:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

Police say the suspect has been arrested and is facing charges of making a terroristic threat.

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