Copperas Cove Independent School district has announced that all campuses will be closed for school through Friday December 14. Copperas Cove Police have also announced that they have charged eight juveniles in four of the nine cases with making a Terrroristic Threat.
This announcement comes as the district has received nine threats at different schools in the past eight days. The cancellation applies to both students and staff members.
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joe Burns, said the district wants to create an opportunity for the police department to complete their investigations without more threats thwarting these efforts.
"The district is reviewing emergency procedures and strengthening them before students are allowed on campuses," Burns said. "We're doing everything in our power to provide a safe environment."
Copperas Cove police continue to investigate the three Terroristic Threats made at three separate Copperas Cove I.S.D. schools on Tuesday.
The first bomb threat on Tuesday was reported at 2:33 p.m. at Copperas Cove High School. 20 minutes later officers received a call that another threat was made at SC Lee Junior High School.
A 14-year-old girl was identified, detained, and charged for making a Terroristic Threat at SC Lee Junior High School.
Later Tuesday evening police responded to Copperas Cove Junior High School at 9:34 p.m. for another reported bomb threat. Police are continuing their investigations for the Tuesday incidents at Copperas Cove High and Junior High Schools.
Authorities also detained a 13-year-old boy for his connection to a bomb threat reported at SC Lee Junior High School on December 7. The boy is also being charged with Terroristic Threat.
Monday night, Copperas Cove parents were able to voice their concerns about the chaos the bomb threats have brought to the district. The audience at the Civic Center heard from investigators as well as the superintendent, who reminded parents about the safety procedures that are in place for situations like these.
Each threat costs the city of Copperas Cove $22,000. This price includes the extra officers and K-9 units it takes to comb through the schools to ensure there's no danger.
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