• November 26, 2014

Cove school board OKs security plan

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Saturday, December 15, 2012 4:30 am | Updated: 11:51 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

COPPERAS COVE — Members of the Copperas Cove Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to adopt new security measures Friday in the wake of a series of bomb threats at the district’s secondary schools.

After meeting for about an hour in closed session, five members of the board voted unanimously to adopt security measures recommended by Superintendent Joseph Burns. Board members Doug Cook and Mike Wilburn were not in attendance when trustees voted.

Burns said the district would not give out specifics on what measures were adopted, citing concerns about student safety and security.

“We may release some general information to parents before Monday,” Burns said. “But we won’t be releasing any real specifics.”

The district’s campuses have been closed since Wednesday, after the district experienced nine bomb threats at its high school and two middle schools. The multiple threats caused evacuations and a disruption for students, staff and parents.

Burns said time during the campus closures would be used to review safety and security, and give Copperas Cove police the ability to conduct their investigations without more threats thwarting their efforts.

Speaking Friday, Burns said the district still plans to reopen schools Monday. The district offered tutorials, counseling and other services to high school students at Grace Lutheran Church in the later part of the week.

The district also set up times on Thursday and Friday for students at Copperas Cove High School and S.C. Lee Junior High School to retrieve any belongings they left at the schools when they were evacuated Tuesday.

As of Friday, police detained eight juveniles in connection with the bomb threats, and they continue to investigate.

The Cove district wasn’t the only district to review its safety procedures this week. The Killeen Independent School District reviewed its emergency plans and procedures with district staff and principals at a general staff meeting Thursday, spokeswoman Leslie Gilmore said.

More about

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

1 comment:

  • Proud Mother of an Army Avi8er posted at 7:01 am on Sun, Dec 16, 2012.

    Proud Mother of an Army Avi8er Posts: 238

    Safety First...Wouldn't it have been cheaper to hire several police officers for three days on campus than to shut school down?