UPDATE:

3:20 p.m.

The Copperas Cove Independent School District issued a press release on the issue that led to the lockdown of the high school. According to the release, a student was carrying an illegal knife in their backpack and was subsequently arrested by the Copperas Cove Police Department. The statement said no threats were made.

"“Clearly understand that we will always take the necessary steps to keep our school as safe as possible,” CCISD superintendent Joe Burns said. “I recommend using this opportunity to speak with your child about immediately reporting any threats or suspicious behavior to school staff so we can address the concerns immediately. It is our goal to provide a safe learning environment for each and every student and staff member. It is also our mission to provide the best education possible for your student. We must all work together to ensure campus safety.”

CCISD spokeswoman Wendy Sledd said the school and district were made aware of the situation when one student reported the knife. Reportedly, the student who brought the knife was showing it to other students while keeping it in his backpack in his locker.

The school initially went on lockdown around noon, and the lockdown was lifted by 1 p.m.

1:40 p.m.

CCHS said  Transportation for students will run on schedule this afternoon. the school is adjusting the lunch schedule.

CCHS posted this for parents: "Please remind your students that no weapons of any kind or allowed on CCISD campuses. We do have additional counselors and administrators on campus to provide support to our students."

1:25 p.m.

CCISD reports the Copperas Cove High School is no longer on lockdown. The district said through its Facebook page that a student had an illegal knife and was arrested. They said the student did not threaten any other students. 

1:20 p.m.:

The Herald reports more than 300 parents are parked on either side of the building, trying to get more information on the unsubstantiated threat. 

No comment was still available from the school district. The Copperas Cove Police Department could not be reached for information.

First report:


Copperas Cove High School is on lockdown today due to "an unsubstantiated threat," according to Cove ISD Facebook page around 12:40 p.m. 

No one from the school district was available for comment. 

"Our student resource officers assigned to the campus and others officers have responded to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Please allow the officers to do their job and do not come to the campus," the post stated. 

The Herald will update the story as information becomes available. 

Monique Brand - Killeen Daily Herald

mbrand@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7567

City Hall Reporter

Monique 'Mo' Brand joined the Herald in May 2019. Before that, she covered border coverage and county government in Arizona. She also worked as a reporter in Kerrville, Los Angeles, and Norfolk Virginia. The U.S. Navy veteran grew up in Killeen.

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