FROM STAFF REPORTS
MARBLE FALLS — Authorities charged a Marble Falls High School sophomore for allegedly threatening to stab a teacher and burn down the school.
Marble Falls police arrested Preston Harlow, 17, on May 12 after his mother brought the threats to the attention of school officials. Under Texas law, a person is considered an adult at 17 in criminal matters.
School officials couldn’t comment on the arrest or the student but stated that at no time was student safety at risk and that the police conducted a thorough investigation of the situation.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit sworn out by officer Tim McIntyre, the mother went to the campus to let officials know about two threats her son had made against a teacher. During a May 10 school meeting, the mother said her son threatened to slap a teacher. Then, the next day while at home, her son made a threat to stab the same teacher, the mother told a Marble Falls police officer.
On May 12, the sophomore allegedly became disruptive in school, and campus officials contacted his mother to take him home.
The affidavit stated that, with his mother there at the school, the student “continued with his outbursts, used offensive language and, at one time, violently slammed his hand on a table.”
The mother and the student were in her vehicle getting ready to leave the campus when the mother got back out and told McIntyre her son had threatened to burn down the school, according to the affidavit.
She advised the officer that her son “is very capable of doing this; when he gets angry, he is capable of doing bad things,” according to the affidavit.
The student was arrested and charged with a third-degree felony of making terroristic threats. He was booked into the Burnet County Jail and was still being held as of May 16 in lieu of a $5,000 bond.