Security up, attendance down after threat against local high school

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COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) Security was stepped up and attendance was down Monday at Copperas Cove High School, which was named in a shooting threat.

Parents were notified Friday evening after the threat, "I'm going to shoot up Copperas Cove high school on 3/20/17,” was found spray-painted on a wall at an abandoned car wash on Casa Drive.

On Monday Copperas Cove police officers and Coryell County Sheriff’s deputies were at the high school “ensuring student safety with not only a police presence but also student searches when warranted,” district spokeswoman Wendy Sledd said in a statement.

“We did see a decrease in student attendance at the high school but that is common immediately following a holiday such as spring break,” she said.

“The incident did not affect overall attendance at schools across the district,” she said.

Copperas Cove Police are investigating.