Threatening teacher with pencil lands teen behind bars

Antonio Moises Velez // Harlingen Police Department Photo

Authorities arrested a Harlingen High School student after he allegedly threatened a teacher with a pencil and to fight him during class.

The incident happened at the high school on the 1200 block of Marshall Avenue on Tuesday morning.

Harlingen police reported the teacher told the 17-year-old Antonio Moises Velez to stop throwing the sharpened pencil towards the ceiling as the school day started.

Velez allegedly replied by making stabbing gestures towards the teacher.

The teen reportedly walked around the desk, and then continued to confront the teacher in a fighting stance.

The teacher contacted school security for assistance for his safety.

Police arrested the 17-year-old for a terroristic threat, a Class B misdemeanor punishable up to six months in jail.

Velez was released from custody after posting a $750 personal recognizance.