Thwarting juvenile crime before it starts


Trying to reach the students before crime starts, local officials visited schools to warn them about the consequences of their actions.

County Attorney Frank Lacy and Police Chief Robert Lujan gave presentations at Fort Stockton High School, Fort Stockton Middle School and Fort Stockton Intermediate School on juvenile law.

The purpose was to bring awareness to issues that students may not know could get them in serious trouble.

At the Fort Stockton Intermediate School they talked about talking to strangers on gaming consoles, bullying and posting their whereabouts which could give criminals an idea on where to find them.

They also warned that if they have a text, a picture, anything on social media it is considered published and can be used against them.

“It's not as private as you may think it is,” said Lacy.

In high school they discussed inappropriate places to take photos including restrooms, locker rooms or upskirt photos.

Also sending inappropriate pictures to each other is considered possession of child pornography.

He also warned the students that joking about shooting or blowing something up is a crime.

“Jokes count too,” said Lacey.

The school resource officers and teachers told the students that the point of the presentation was to warn the students that if they committed crimes they could have to go and see Lacy in juvenile court.

“We're just trying to stay ahead of it,” said Lacy.

With the addition of extra school resource officers, they have had more eyes on the campuses to see what is going on which has helped in early detection.

“They're here for you, it's a resource,” said Lacy.