Diboll Snapchat suspect pleads guilty and gives apology

Diboll Snapchat suspect pleads guilty and gives apology
Nicholas Flores (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Nicholas Flores (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Corrigan man who used social media to make threats at Diboll High School pleaded guilty to the crime Wednesday morning.

"It was never intended to be a terroristic threat. It was an altercation that got out of hand between me and two students," said Nicholas Emilio Flores.

Flores, 19, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree terroristic threat in District Judge Paul White's courtroom. White will determine his sentence at a later date.

Diboll police arrested Flores last September when Flores sent Snapchat messages to some students in school, insinuating he would do a shooting during a pep rally.

"It was never intended to terrorize a school. I never had any weapons or pictures of me about to cause harm. It was just verbal," Flores said about the incident.

Authorities were able to determine the messages were not coming from within the school or the city limits. Police later tracked down Flores at a Lufkin hotel.

"The way I do things is completely different just because this happened," Flores said.

According to the arrest affidavit, several Diboll High School students received messages from the Snapchat user name "dibollian936" claiming that the person wanted to kill a student. The Snapchat user also allegedly indicated that he intended to disrupt the school's pep rally and included icons of guns in the message.

On Wednesday, Flores showed remorse and regret about the situation.

"I apologize to everyone who was harmed. The whole mess that happened got way out of hand for something that was so small," Flores said.

The affidavit stated that the Snapchat messages caused a panic among Diboll High School students, who started calling Diboll ISD staff members, parents, and police.

Today, Flores said he was ready to move forward with plans to attend college and become an accountant.

"I'm glad it changed my life. I'm not a bad person," Flores said.

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