Ryan High School lockdown in 2016

School administrators stand outside the main entrance at Ryan High School during a 2016 campus lockdown after a threat against the school was called in.

A 13-year-old makes a hit list with the names of his classmates. A 17-year-old posts threats on social media. Two high schoolers bring a loaded gun to school. Middle schoolers talk about weapons on the bus.

Each of these events occurred at a Denton County campus within the past year, but which ones warrant criminal prosecution? And when should schools notify parents?

Students after Ryan lockdown in 2016

Students emerge from a side entrance at Ryan High School after the end of a 2016 campus lockdown, after a threat against the school was called in.

Denton County district attorney juvenile charges

Charge 2015 2016 2017 2018
Threatening to exhibit a firearm at school 0 0 0 14
Exhibiting firearms at school 1 1 1 8
Terroristic threats (school-related) 5 4 11 12
Bomb hoax in a weapon-free zone 0 0 0 1
Ryan High School lockdown in 2016

Parents and students wait outside Ryan High School during a 2016 campus lockdown after a threat against the school was called in.

Seventh-grader jailed in 1999

In a 1999 photo, 13-year-old Christopher Beamon walks out of the Denton County Juvenile Detention Center with his mother, Jan Beamon, and stepfather, Mark Morton. The seventh-grader had been in jail for five days for writing a horror essay that was assigned to him by his teacher in Ponder. The teacher gave him 100 for the essay.

CAITLYN JONES can be reached at 940-566-6862 and via Twitter at @CjonesDRC.

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