A northwest Houston student was in court Friday after making a threat against students at his high school.

William Ray Tyson Jr., 18, was charged with a third degree felony after officials said students overheard him tell friends on April 27 that he planned to shoot students at Tomball High School.

The student’s lawyer said the comments were made as a joke.

Lt. Anthony Solomon with the Tomball Police Department told KPRC Channel 2 that threats made against anyone will be under scrutiny in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings last month.

Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal said “in this day and age, (his office) cannot tolerate jokes made about violent events.”

Tyson was booked on May 7 in the Harris County Jail on $20,000 bond.

He could face a 10-year sentence if convicted. 

Brandon De Hoyos is a journalist in Houston, Texas. He can be reached at brandon.dehoyos@yahoo.com.



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