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May 1, 2013

Student arrested in connection with bomb threat

Police identify student believed responsible for threat at NGC

By CHRISTIN COYNE

Weatherford police have arrested one juvenile in connection with a note found at Weatherford High School Tuesday that prompted an evacuation of the school.

A 16-year-old student was taken into custody, provided a statement and was transported to a juvenile detention facility, Weatherford Police Chief Mike Manning said Wednesday evening. The boy is expected to be charged, as a juvenile, with giving a false alarm or report, a state jail felony.

Police, Weatherford Fire Department and other authorities were called to Weatherford High School shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday after a student found a “threatening note.”

During the bomb threat investigation, the building was evacuated and authorities made a sweep of the school to ensure there was no real threat. Students were allowed to enter the school gym shortly before noon and advised of their modified schedule, according to Weatherford ISD.

Police believe a second incident Tuesday at Weatherford Ninth Grade Center is believed to be an unrelated copycat.

Shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, authorities were called to the Ninth Grade Center regarding a threatening note found at the school.

At the school on South Main Street, students remained in their classrooms during a modified lock-down and no instructional time was lost, according to Weatherford ISD.

Within an hour, investigators located the student believed to be responsible, interviewed him and released him to his parents, police reported.

Though both notes appear to have been pranks, police have to take any threat that might affect students or teachers seriously, Manning said.

“Student safety is paramount in our schools,” Weatherford ISD Superintendent Jeffrey Hanks said. “It is our priority, our practice, and our promise.”

Hanks added that the high school is continuing to cooperate with law enforcement and the consequences for the alleged bomb threat will be in keeping with the WISD Student Code of Conduct and state law.

“I would like to personally thank our local law enforcement, fire department, and other first responders for their assistance,” Hanks said. “And we are appreciative to our students and parents for their patience and their support regarding this incident.”

Manning additionally thanked assisting personnel from ATF-DoD and the Fort Worth Fire Department bomb squad.

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