More security, fewer students at Copperas Cove High School after threat

Posted at 6:22 PM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 22:02:03-04

Copperas Cove High School had more security on campus and fewer students in attendance Monday after a threat to shoot up the high school was found Friday night.

District leaders said Copperas Cove Police alerted them to a message spray painted at an abandoned car wash. The message read "I'm going to shoot up Copperas Cove high school on 3/20/17." While police continue to investigate the threat, the district said they wanted to focus on making sure students felt comfortable in the classroom.

In a statement from Copperas Cove ISD, they said;

Both Copperas Cove Police officers and Coryell County Sheriff's deputies were at Copperas Cove High School ensuring student safety with not only a police presence but also student searches when warranted. We did see a decrease in student attendance at the high school but that is common immediately following a holiday such as Spring Break.  The incident did not affect overall attendance at schools across the district

Students like senior Brittney Colbath said the threat was a scary situation, but she was happy with how the district handled it. After talking with her mother, she made the decision to go to school Monday. "I wasn't going to let the other person win. That's letting evil triumph, and that's not something I will let ruin my week or my day. I was going to come in and treat it like a normal day because I didn't want to give any more attention to the subject."

District leaders said they will have the official numbers on just how many students missed school in a couple of days.

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