Jesus Cabrera

Jesus Cabrera

Jesus Cabrera, 17, of Kirkwood has been charged with a felony for allegedly making a terrorist threat against Northwest High School in Cedar Hill.

Cabrera, a Rockwood Summit High School student, was charged with making a second-degree terrorist threat, a class E felony punishable by up to four years in prison, according to court records.

He allegedly made the threat using the Snapchat social media platform, the probable-cause statement in the case said.

Chuck McPherson, the Northwest R-1 School District’s coordinator of communications and community relations, said students received the alleged threat via Snapchat, and a district parent reported the threat on Sept. 24.

The suspect allegedly threatened to cause harm during Northwest High's homecoming activities, which were held Sept. 27-28. The message also included a picture of a firearm and a racist caption, the probable-cause statement said.

After Cabrera was arrested, he allegedly admitted to sending the threat on Snapchat, the report said.

McPherson said extra security measures were taken during Northwest High’s homecoming events.

In a message to district residents, Northwest Superintendent Desi Kirchhofer said the safety and security of students is the district’s “top priority.”

“We thank the parent who originally reported the Snapchat threat,” he wrote in the post. “As a district, we want to remind you that threatening and/or harmful social media posts are taken seriously. Students who initiate or repost communication of a threatening nature will be held responsible.”

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