• December 19, 2014

Cove ISD board backs expulsion in bomb threats

Two students lose appeals during hearings

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Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:52 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

COPPERAS COVE — Members of the Copperas Cove Independent School District Board of Trustees voted this week to uphold the expulsion of two students in connection with multiple bomb threats made at three of its schools in December.

The board met in executive session Tuesday to consult with legal counsel and hold expulsion appeal hearings for the students, who were unnamed. According to district policy, students who are expelled can bring their cases before the board for appeal.

Olga Peña, the district’s spokeswoman, confirmed the appeal hearings were for students expelled after some of the bomb threats.

Starting in December, the district experienced 12 bomb threats at its high school and two junior high schools.

The threats disrupted classes and cost the district more than $200,000. The incidents also forced the district to shut down schools for three days in late December. In January, the board approved seeking a waiver from the Texas Education Agency for those missed instructional days.

The board also voted in December to institute new security measures in its schools, including a visible presence by law enforcement as well as metal detectors and K9 detection units.

Copperas Cove police detained nine Cove teens in connection with the threats. All were charged with felony terroristic threats, according to police.

The district did not confirm whether all nine students were expelled, but according to the district’s student code of conduct, students can be expelled for “engaging in conduct relating to a false alarm or report (including a bomb threat) or a terroristic threat involving a public school.”

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