Student who sent texts threatening to 'blow up the school' appears in court


The 18-year-old CCSD student who police say sent a text message threatening to shoot up Centennial High School, faced a judge Tuesday.

Toni Strickland was scheduled to appear for her preliminary hearing on two felony charges: making a threat/false info regarding an act of terrorism and communicating a bomb threat.

The hearing was rescheduled after the prosecutor asked the judge for more time before moving forward with the case.

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The state attorney told the judge that the Clark County District Attorney’s Office is currently in talks with Strickland and her defense team — hinting that a plea deal may be in the works.

Police say this past October, Strickland sent a text message to another student threatening Centennial High and, "Every school in Las Vegas, getting blew up." [sic]

The state says Strickland confessed to making the threats, which caused chilling reactions since it was sent only days after the 1 October mass shooting.

They say Strickland admitted to sending the messages.

Her attorney says Strickland has no criminal background and was acting out after she’d been bullied.

The judge has ordered the teen to stay away from the Centennial High campus and its students. She has also been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. She appeared in court Tuesday out of custody.

Strickland will face the judge again on Jan. 22.

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