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Student arrested in Twitter threat incident

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A North Shore Senior High student ended up behind bars after refusing to go to school.

He is a minor, so police will not release his name, but we can confirm the 16-year-old made terroristic threats on social media.

An FBI spokeswoman said their office received a tip from a concerned Twitter user who saw the posts about possible violence on campus.

Galena Park ISD confirmed the student did not have the ability to carry out any sort of threat but wanted to remind parents about monitoring their kids and to be mindful of what they post on social media.

Law enforcement officers, across the board, would agree.

"Every time you leave a message, you've left a footprint," Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Sgt. Gary Spurger said.

As part of the high tech crimes unit, Spurger handles dozens of cases daily and admits there is not really enough time and resources to monitor all the sites 24 hours a day.  That's why, often times, officers rely on users or Good Samaritans.

"Once you're on the Internet, it's the entire planet you're dealing with so for us to focus on a specific area, we need help from the public to point us to a specific area."

Several agencies in Harris County would agree.  In fact, many do not have someone assigned to specifically monitor social media.  In most cases, they rely on the public to alert police about questionable or suspicious posts.

In this recent case, the FBI confirmed it was a concerned citizen who alerted them about the North Shore Senior High's student's threatening tweets.  As a result, the teen was taken into custody where he will face a charge for making terroristic threats.

It's the perfect example as to how the public can help police since, as Sgt. Spurger said, they aren't surfing for crime, rather waiting for updates from you.

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