by Steve Campion
EXCLUSIVE: Student no-billed on threat after months in jail
A former Magnolia West High senior student said he never planned to hurt anyone at his school.
Thomas Cade Martin spoke exclusively to abc13 after a grand jury no-billed him on a terroristic threat charge.
In February, cell phone video surfaced on social media that led to Martin’s expulsion and arrest. In it, Martin can be heard talking about planting bombs and shooting students.
“It was a big, huge misunderstanding. The video that was originally displayed was taken way out of context,” said Martin. “It all started when I was just trying to explain myself and give a scenario to the students to just show that it is possible that something like that could happen in the small town of Magnolia.”
“It was never a threat?” abc13’s Steve Campion asked.
“No sir. It was never a threat. Not at all,” Martin responded.
He explained the footage only shows part of a broader conversation about potential school violence. He said he only offered up a scenario.
You can hear students laughing during parts of the video.
Martin spent more than two months in the Montgomery County jail. His family couldn’t afford his bail.
“My reaction was honestly, my heart fell through the floor because everything about that goes against what I believe in,” said Martin. “I believe in protecting American interests and the American way of life. I believe in prosperity. I’m a huge patriotic.”
The 19-year-old said he wishes the Magnolia Independent School District would have handled the situation differently. Martin wants to be an NAVY Seal. He said he plans to move to Wisconsin and finish high school.
“They should have most certainly looked in it more thoroughly before they just decided to up and expel me and change my life,” said Martin. “I would love to have an apology. I feel like I deserve an apology. It’s not because it is a pride thing. It’s because it would be the right thing to do.”
Magnolia ISD released the following statement to abc13.
“Magnolia ISD is prohibited by federal law to discuss student discipline. The action taken by the District was consistent and fair with Magnolia ISD’s board policy, student code of conduct and the Texas Education Code.”