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Judson student, 17, charged in Madison lockdown

Chelsea Marie Hill faces terroristic threat charge

A 17-year-old Judson High School junior has been charged with making a terroristic threat that prompted the second lockdown in two days at Madison High School.
A 17-year-old Judson High School junior has been charged with making a terroristic threat that prompted the second lockdown in two days at Madison High School.

Chelsea Marie Hill appeared subdued Wednesday as she sat handcuffed in the backseat of an Northeast Independent School District patrol car.

The 17-year-old junior was brought to the Magistrate's Office from the Judson Independent School District alternative school to be charged with making a terroristic threat that prompted the second lockdown in two days at Madison High School.

"It caused a huge disruption, a lot of fear," said Aubrey Chancellor, NEISD spokeswoman.

Tuesday's lockdown came as emotions were still raw following Monday's startling discovery of three loaded weapons on campus. A student at Madison, 17-year-old Brendan Tarwater, is charged in that incident.

Chancellor said Hill had texted another Madison student Tuesday who did not recognize the cell number.

"She did admit she had sent the messages and they were still on her phone," Chancellor said.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the first sent Tuesday morning read, "Don't tell anyone but I brought a gun today as well."

Later, another text read, "It is funny how we are in lockdown."

Chancellor said Hill told NEISD police her texts were meant as a prank.

But given the very real threat that was averted Monday, Chancellor said the district will prosecute Hill to the fullest extent of the law.  

Chancellor said state law considers Hill an adult, but in the eyes of the school district she is a juvenile.

"Sometimes they just don't think things through and made the best decisions, but there are consequences for her actions," Chancellor said.

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