Prosecutors have charged a man accused of threatening to massacre Katy ISD school children and stream it over the Internet.
Tuesday, Patrick Joseph Hudson was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat.
The investigation began when a caller from North Carolina told the FBI about someone threatening to kill elementary school children on the website "Overclock.net", according to court documents. The user, SS_Patrick, said the following:
-- "what better way to go out with a bang than killing a bunch of little kids"
-- "Don't want to live through the trails (sic)and jaile (sic) ... so I off myself in the classroom"
SS_Patrick said he would target elementary school children to send a message and because of the lack of police presence. He said he would leave a few alive so they would never grow up correctly. He also expressed interest in live-streaming the shooting and asked other users if they knew how to stream from a Go Pro Camera.
Investigators traced SS_Patrick to Patrick Hudson, a man living with his mother in Katy. Hudson's mother helped investigators get on the phone with him and set up a meeting at an Office Max in Rosenberg, Texas.
When investigators met with Hudson, he admitted making the posts but said they were a joke, according to court documents. He consented to a search of his computer but changed his mind 15 minutes later. Investigators took Hudson into custody.
Wednesday, the Katy Independent School District released this statement:
Dear Parents and Staff:
Katy ISD was notified by the FBI yesterday that threatening statements were made by an individual in an Internet chat room towards an "elementary school." While no specific school or district was named, the district was made aware of the situation as the suspect lives in Katy. It was determined that there was no immediate threat to any Katy ISD district campus or facility as the suspect was in the company of FBI agents throughout the day. The individual was later charged and arrested for making a terroristic threat.
The purpose of this message is not to alarm you, but to let you know that potential threats are always taken seriously. Whenever potential threats are brought to the attention of the district, we will work with area law enforcement to determine its credibility and take the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of all students and staff.
I would also like to stress the important role we all have in keeping our students and schools safe. Research shows that in cases involving school violence, someone knew something about the threat but never alerted anyone. Please take this time to talk to your children about the important role we all have in keeping our schools safe by reporting potential threats to the proper authorities. The safety and security of students and staff members on our campuses is of the highest priority and by working together we can ensure that we provide safe teaching and learning environments.
Superintendent, Katy ISD