Turner CCHS students win second place in FBI contest
Turner CCHS eleventh-graders Emily Meng, Vincent Witt and Preston Hogue were recently awarded second place in the Houston FBI #ThinkBeforeYouPost public service announcement (PSA) video contest.
Hosted by the Houston FBI, Crime Stoppers of Houston and the FBI Houston Citizens Academy Alumni Association (CAAA), the contest was aimed at educating the public about the seriousness of issuing hoax school threats. Issuing a threat—even over social media, via text message, or through e-mail—is a federal crime (threatening interstate communications). Those who post or send these threats can receive a maximum sentence of five years in prison, or they can face state or local charges.
To participate in the #ThinkBeforeYouPost contest, TCCHS students submitted a 45-60 original video highlighting a message regarding what students should do if they saw or heard about a threat of violence as well as the consequences for the person making the threat. The video was then scored by a panel of judges and the scoring included a social media component, calculated based on how many views and likes the video received during the month of January.
As second-place winners, TCCHS students received $2,500 for the school, tickets to attend an Astros 2020 game, a ride in a 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo grand entry on Friday, March 6, and a silver guest badge to the rodeo. Prizes were sponsored by The Astros Foundation, the FBI Houston CAAA and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.