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Update: Attendance down 30% at Riesel ISD after arrest


Police say students in Riesel are now safe.  On Friday, a teen was arrested for threatening to shoot up his school.  Then, the McLennan County Bomb Squad was called out to search that campus Sunday night.

The weekend search turned up nothing, but many parents pulled their kids from school today regardless.

Superintendent Brian Garner says, "The things that are said, the things that are written down, the things that are posted are public knowledge and they can set off a firestorm very quickly."

After 17-year-old Roger Reed was arrested, authorities say gossip fueled rumors of more threats over the weekend.

Riesel's Chief of Police admits bringing in the bomb squad Sunday night was an extreme measure, but he makes no apologies for it.

Danny Krumnow says, "Nowadays with all these shootings and things that are going around the country, we can not afford to be wrong."

Reed was jailed on felony terroristic threat charges. Police found evidence that he worships Satan, has a fascination with death and wants to shoot up his school.

Krumnow says, "If you are saying things that are going to cause law enforcement to react and people take it as a threat, we're going to arrest you. "

Come Monday, school attendance was down 30%. Parents who kept their kids out of school told us they didn't have enough information about the threats and their children didn't feel safe. School leaders understand, but they want those parents to know the students are in good hands.

Garner says, "It's terrifying. It's terrifying for school officials, it's terrifying for law enforcement. It's terrifying for our parents. I just want them to understand that we are doing everything to ensure the safety of their students."

Reed's Bond was set at $30,000.  He was released over the weekend, but remains suspended from school.  His mother called us and said she's standing behind her son 100%.

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