Mounds To Resume Classes Tuesday After Bomb Threat Tweet

Monday, December 16th 2013, 5:15 pm
By: News On 6

A Green Country school district evacuated Monday after a bomb threat was made on social media. All the kids are safe, but administrators are now questioning the high school student involved.

School administrators say the threat came in after noon, and their school resource officer immediately started working to evacuate the school.

A caller said they saw a Tweet from a student who made a threat blow up the school.

Parents who had signed up for alerts were notified on when and where to pick up their children.

"We got a message on our phone saying that there was a bomb threat," said Heather Rose, Mounds parent.

Mounds Public Schools ended class early. The campus was locked down while bomb sniffing dogs combed through the hallways and lockers. A bomb truck was parked on campus in case they found a suspicious item.

"I'm not frustrated, I'm concerned for student," said Superintendent Alfred Gaches. "Once it's out there on the Internet, you can't take it back."

The ramifications could be life threatening.

"It causes problems," Gaches said. "Something said out of maybe anger, out of frustration, can cause a very deep rift in that student's life."

Administrators say the high schooler who sent the Tweet is not being arrested. Students were lined up in the nearby ball fields when the evacuations were ordered.

Some parents who say they got the notification about the threat think it was meant to be a joke.

"I'm sure it is - it's getting close to Christmas break so everybody wants out early," Heather Rose said.

School will go on as planned Tuesday. Chief of Police Tim McDaniel said they are speaking with the district attorney's office to see if any charges could be filed against the student.

It is a felony to make a bomb threat.