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Nathaniel Montelongo and Barbarito Pantoja, both 17, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. They are being held on $750,000 bond and their mugshots were released Thursday night.
Two other students, both minors, were also arrested in connection with the plot and will face a judge on Friday, The Brownsville Herald reported.
The four were arrested after police in Donna, a small community in the Rio Grande Valley, received an anonymous tip that they were planning to attack the school. Officials declined to reveal which campus in the district was targeted by the plot.
Montelongo and Pantoja are two of four suspects arrested for planning an AK-47 massacre at a school in Donna, Texas. The other alleged conspirators are minors and will face a juvenile judge on Friday.
Police held a news conference Thursday announcing the arrests.
“We stopped an act of physical violence and harm to our students,” Donna Police Department Chief Donald Crist said during the briefing.
He said the two adult men, referring to Montelongo and Pantoja, had been charged, but noted that the other suspects would face a juvenile judge.
Reiterating that the threat against the school was “credible,” authorities denied rumors circulating on social media about a list targeting specific students.
‘There was no list of targets. Supposedly there were some rumors, but there was no such thing,” Police Chief Gilbert Guerrero said, according to KVEO-TV.
A source familiar with the investigation told the newspaper on Wednesday that police had found an AK-47 and a list of targeted students at the home of one of the suspects.
However, police on Thursday denied the existence of the alleged blacklist and refused to provide details about a possible weapons seizure, citing that the information was “critical to the case” and “will not be released.”
News of the plot, which prompted a school closure order Wednesday night, came a day after a gunman massacred 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, some 300 miles north. of donna.
The chief added that the incident remains under investigation and encouraged parents to be more observant of their children.
‘Watch your kids, make sure what they’re doing. Look what they have in their rooms, stay tuned,’ he said.
Officials also stated that they believe Donna’s students are safe within the district due to additional support from various law enforcement agencies.
The district had canceled classes on Thursday and Friday after the threat of a school shooting prompted a closure on Wednesday. School will resume next Tuesday after the Memorial Day holiday.
The Donna Independent School District confirmed the threat in a statement Wednesday, saying, “We have received a credible threat of violence that is currently under investigation.” In light of recent events and in an abundance of caution, we will be canceling school district-wide and staff will be working from home.
The canceled school days will affect a number of end-of-year award ceremonies and advancement celebrations at Donna Elementary School, according to the school calendar.
The district’s high school graduation is scheduled for June 3.
In a social media post, officials said the senior class prom, which had been scheduled for Friday with the theme “Enchanted Forest” after two years of pandemic disruptions, would be postponed, but not would be cancelled.
The shooter, identified as 18-year-old Salvador Rolando Ramos, was killed by police after barricading himself inside a classroom and massacring the fourth graders inside.
Ramos was exchanging text messages with a girl in Germany and sent the chilling final message ‘I’m going to shoot up a primary school’ minutes before the attack.
The gunman shot the 66-year-old grandmother in the face at her Uvalde home and then fled in her truck while calling for help, authorities said.
A short distance away, Ramos crashed the truck outside the school, exited with a rifle and approached a back door, authorities said.
They said an officer assigned to the school ‘compromised’ Ramos, but the gunman entered the building and walked down a hallway to a fourth-grade classroom.
After locking the classroom door, he opened fire around 11:30 a.m. m. with an AR-15 style rifle carrying multiple magazines.
A team that included local officers and Border Patrol agents eventually forced the door open and shot Ramos to death after he shot them, police said.