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School threats could bring serious consequences students

Published: Dec. 9, 2021 at 10:04 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 10, 2021 at 9:39 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Multiple school districts are handling campus safety threats this week. Safety officials remind everyone those who make threats can land in serious trouble.

Loop ISD evacuated students after a bomb threat Thursday afternoon and a Frenship ISD student was arrested for claiming a false alarm on Wednesday.

Currently, we don’t know if the Loop ISD threat was credible. However, the bomb threat comes the day after a Frenship ISD student was arrested and charged with a state jail felony for spreading a false alarm, which is usually a misdemeanor, but the consequence enhances to a felony when the false report is made in a public school.

A third-degree felony can lead to two to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $10,000.

“Even if they think it’s funny, or they’re trying to get out of class for the day or get out of a test, it’s still going to be a third-degree felony,” Lubbock ISD Chief Ray Mendoza said.

Chief Mendoza recommends parents do routine social media checks of their children’s phones and advises parents to report it to a school administrator if they see something troubling.

Mendoza says each false alarm wastes resources.

“It takes a lot of resources, a lot of hours, man-hours to investigate. And so definitely, it’s a lot higher charge to them. We’re looking at a third-degree felony for making a false threat,” Mendoza said.

Five law enforcement agencies responded to the Loop ISD bomb threat, including ATF and Texas Rangers.

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