RIESEL (November 12, 2013) Riesel High School was briefly locked down Tuesday morning and a teenage student was arrested after the third campus threat since Friday.
Dozens of parents removed their children from school after they were notified of the unspecified threat.
At the start of the day, 14 were counted absent, but by Tuesday afternoon, almost 120 students were missing from class.
In response to the threat, police and sheriff’s deputies cleared the campus Tuesday morning and took a teenage boy into custody.
Riesel ISD Superintendent Brian Garner would not discuss details of the threat.
Garner summoned all of the school’s 300 students to an assembly in the high school gymnasium and told them the campus was safe.
He told the students that any such threats against the school or students would be dealt with swiftly and severely.
Riesel police Chief Danny Krumnow and a McLennan County Sheriff’s deputy remained on campus after lunch to monitor the situation.
Garner said the district notified parents through an automatic calling system when the lock down was put in place and then again when it was lifted.
Tuesday’s threat was the third one made against the school and students since last Friday.
The sheriff's office bomb squad searched the school Sunday after a weekend bomb threat but that search turned up no evidence of any explosives and classes started as scheduled Monday morning.
That followed the arrest of a teenager last Friday in connection with a threat to shoot up the school.
Roger James Reed, 17, posted a $30,000 bond and was released from custody on Saturday after he was charged with terroristic threat, McLennan County Jail records showed.
Police were called at around 2:30 p.m. Friday and when officers arrived, the school's principal was interviewing the student, Krumnow said.
Officers determined that the teenager did make a threat, but they did not find a weapon, he said.
Some parents pulled their children out of school as a result of the threat, he said.