Westbury High School Student Arrested For Making 'Terroristic Threat'

Rodney Joseph Sauls, 18, was formally charged with a making a "false alarm," which is a felony that carries a maximum possible sentence of two years in a state jail. [Harris County Sheriff's Office]
Police with the Houston Independent School District have arrested and charged a Westbury High School student with making a bomb threat against the school in Southwest Houston.

The student, Rodney Joseph Sauls, 18, is charged with making a “terroristic threat,” according to HISD. That is a state jail felony and carries a maximum possible sentence of two years in a state jail.

Sauls was appearing Monday at the Harris County criminal courthouse on an unrelated matter when he was arrested.

Chief Jimmie Dotson says tips from students helped make the arrest. He says HISD police are still investigating the case. Bomb threats have forced students to evacuate Westbury High School six times this month.

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Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for KUHF, including K-12 and higher education.

Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and regularly contributed to WLRN, the local NPR affiliate and Miami Herald news partner...