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Denton teen who wrote controversial gun report arrested for hacking

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The Denton High School student who earlier this year complained that his English teacher would not accept a report on guns is back in the news – this time for allegedly hacking into a secure school network and printing sensitive data.

Denton police arrested 18-year-old Marshall Williams on Thursday and charged him with the breach of government computer security.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, administrators at Denton High School noticed that on several occasions in March and April an unauthorized person had logged on to a secure Wi-Fi network that stored things like building alarm codes, the campus crisis plan, a master key list, employee personnel records and test results. The suspect also used school printers to print test results and security codes.

Authorities used Internet Protocol address and other logs to determine William's cellphone was used in the breach. Surveillance video put him in the Wi-Fi area during the times of each breach. And after seizing his phone, police found a deleted image of a computer accessing the secure network, the affidavit states.

When Williams was confronted about the crime the affidavit states he said he "may know about some hacking going on," but refused to elaborate.

The arrest warrant affidavit mentions Williams had motive to "get back" at the school because in February, shortly after the Connecticut school shootings, an English teacher allegedly refused to grade his report because it was about his trip to the Fort Worth Gun Show.

He and his parents appeared on FOX 4 demanding an apology. His mother called it blatant censorship based on personal moral beliefs.

"If it went against any district policy I would support it completely, but it doesn't. It's just his own moral beliefs trying to be put in his classroom and I disagree with that," Kimberly Williams had said.

The school district later released a statement saying the teacher had apologized for any misperceptions and would grade the paper after all.

Williams is now in the Denton city jail.

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