SPD pursues leads in bomb threat at Stephenville High School.


Local law enforcement agencies worked the scene of a false bomb threat at Stephenville High School on Tuesday.

By SARA VANDEN BERGE


One day after a student was arrested for making a bomb threat at Henderson Junior High last week, police responded to another bomb scare at Stephenville High School on Tuesday.


Captain James Gresham with the Stephenville Police Department said the call came in shortly before 9 a.m.

“It was the same as last week; there was a bomb threat left in a bathroom,” Gresham said.


He wouldn’t say if it was left in the boys or girls bathroom, but I did hear the exasperation in his voice as I prompted him for more information.


“It’s disruptive to other cases we have going on,” he said. “We had a couple of calls we couldn’t get to today and there were a couple of minor accidents where we had them exchange information.”

Stephenville Police Chief Dan Harris told me during a recent interview that it’s all-hands on deck when a school is threatened.


“Any time there is a threat to our children, it’s all-hands on deck. Everyone responds, including myself, command staff, patrol and detectives,” Harris said.


High school students and staff on Tuesday were promptly evacuated from campus and moved to a safe location as ATF agents swept the buildings for explosives.

When none were found, students were allowed to return to class.


Now, the focus is on identifying the student or students behind Tuesday’s threat.


“We are pursuing all leads,” Gresham said, adding that he expects to identify a suspect sooner rather than later.

In this story I posted on Monday’s arrest, Gresham made no bones about the fact that the department will prosecute these false threats as a felony rather than a prank.


Meanwhile, if you have any information about what went down at the high school today, call Erath County Crime Stoppers at 254-965-CASH.