Police: ‘Bored’ 11-year-old calls in active shooter hoax at Lone Star College
HOUSTON — Things to not do when you’re bored: call in an active shooter at a college campus.
The Lone Star College Police Department announced Wednesday its investigation into a prank 911 call made Nov. 17 has ended after investigators learned the report was made by a bored child with a little to much time on her hands, authorities said.
“The culprit was an 11-year-old girl who was at the LSC-North Harris Library with her mother,” Chief Paul Willingham said.
The child was left alone for a few minutes when she made the emergency call from a landline and claimed there was an active shooter in the building, officers said. Willingham said officers from several local agencies rushed to the campus that night, and countless hours were spent making sure the campus was safe.
The girl later confessed to investigators, Willingham said.
“She said she made the call because she was bored,” the chief said.
The college is not pursuing any criminal charges against the minor. If the school was to file — again, they won’t — the child may have faced a misdemeanor charge of filling a false report and a felony offense of making a terroristic threat, the school said.
“I am grateful for the hard work of our officers to resolve this case and resolve it so quickly. We consider the matter closed and have advised our county law enforcement partners and the FBI,” said Willingham.