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Cove High evacuates after another bomb threat

Friday’s incident fourth false alarm this week in school district; officials plan safety meeting Monday

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Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2012 4:30 am | Updated: 11:50 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

COPPERAS COVE — Students at Copperas Cove High School were evacuated for the second time this week, as law enforcement responded to a bomb threat at the campus.

Speaking Friday afternoon, district spokesperson Olga Peña confirmed reports of an evacuation, which she said occurred at 2:15 p.m. at the high school.

The incident was the fourth time district and law enforcement officials had to respond to such a threat at a Cove ISD school this week.

The rash of threats began Tuesday when a written threat was discovered at Copperas Cove Junior High School after classes for the day had ended. The next day, another written threat was found at Copperas Cove High School, and students were evacuated.

A third threat, again written, was reported at the junior high school Thursday. The school was evacuated, and students returned to classes once the building was cleared. The district did not release any information about whether Friday’s threat at the high school was written.

“Campus leaders and CCISD administrators have held after-action meetings following each bomb threat this week to discuss ways to improve emergency response as well as how to increase security,” Peña said. “CCISD is working with the Copperas Cove Police Department as they continue their investigations to apprehend the individuals responsible for these threats.”

Soon after evacuating the high school, the district announced that it will host a “Safety Information Session” at 7 p.m. Monday at the Copperas Cove Civic Center.

The event will be open to the public, and administrators and city law enforcement officials will present information on safety and security and emergency procedures.

As of Friday, Copperas Cove police were still investigating all four bomb threats.

There is a $3,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of those responsible. To report a tip, call (254) 547-1111 or go to covecrimestoppers.org.

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