A 17-year-old is in custody for making a bomb threat at Navasota High School.
Navasota Communications Director Corey Johnson said the minor in custody was interviewed by Navasota Police Department officers and has confessed to making the threat.
“The suspect in custody confessed it was all a hoax,” said Johnson.
Navasota ISD Superintendent Rory Gesch said school administration contacted him and law enforcement Wednesday morning before school started — when they first learned of the threat.
The Navasota Police Department was notified of the bomb threat sometime before 8 a.m. and ATF was contacted for assistance.
Gesch said the threat was made for outside the building in the rear part of campus, and “it was safest to keep all the kids inside.”
An “all-clear” report was given at about noon, after ATF teams and local officers swept the school grounds with the help of Houston Police Department bomb search dogs and came up empty handed.
Gesch said the threat was intended for yesterday but not found until today. He said there were two notes.
“There was a hand-written note that directed the reader to an electronic device,” Gesch said. “On the device, there was a paragraph typed about the threat.”
Gesch said the electronic threat was made on a graphing calculator in which words can be typed out. He would not elaborate about the verbiage of the note.
The superintendent said the school was never on lockdown. If it was, he said, then students and teachers would have been locked in their rooms and parents would not have been allowed to pick up their children. Instead, the students stayed in their classrooms longer than normal while the dogs checked out the school and surrounding areas, and the school’s bells were turned off.
Gesch said that although the threat turned out to be a hoax, the “safety of our students is always the utmost concern.”
“We definitely had to question the validity of the threat,” Gesch said. “We have a realization with Sandy Hook Elementary and what happened in the Boston Marathon, so we had to make sure it wasn’t a hoax.”
Gesch said the authorities “rather quickly assessed that the impending threat was not there,” and that a hoax was apparent to authorities.
Navasota Police ran investigations into possible suspects and the 17-year-old was taken into custody.
The school district made phone call blitzes to parents alerting them of the situation — both during the incident and once it was resolved.
It is unknown at this time if the 17-year-old will face charges for terroristic threat.