Police outside a school after a bomb threat was received. (File)
COPPERAS COVE (December 18, 2012)—Copperas Cove police are investigating two more bomb threats targeting Cove schools and have arrested a teenager in connection with one of them, authorities said Tuesday.
In the last two weeks, police have responded to a total of 11 bomb threats that targeted three of the district’s schools.
Nine teenagers have now been charged in connection with six of the 11 threats, the most recent of which were received Monday morning and Tuesday morning at Copperas Cove Junior High School at 702 Sunny Ave.
Police arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with the threat on Tuesday and later determined he was also responsible for a threat at the same school on Dec. 11.
He was charged with two counts of terroristic threat and taken to the Bell County Juvenile Facility, police said Tuesday.
Monday’s threat was in writing and may have been left over from last week, a Cove ISD spokeswoman said.
No explosive devices have been found in any of the incidents.
New security measures were in place as Copperas Cove students returned to class Monday after a three-day unscheduled break that resulted from the bomb threats.
The district asked students not to bring any items to school that weren’t related to class work.
“In order to create the safest environment possible, CCISD has partnered with Copperas Cove police and fire departments as well as staff from Fort Hood,” Superintendent Joe Burns said in a letter to parents.
“As a result of these partnerships, school will be conducted very differently this upcoming week,” he said.
The district isn’t providing specifics about the new security measures, but a spokeswoman said things were going slowly Monday at the high school because it was the first time the system had been used.
Also, the district advised parents Monday that classes will be released two hours early on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Friday was already scheduled as an early release day.
The district announced last Wednesday it was cancelling classes at all of its schools through Friday after the threats, the first of which was discovered on December 4.
The threats have targeted the high school, Copperas Cove Junior High School and S. C. Lee Junior High School.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about the threats to call Copperas Cove Crime Stoppers at (254) 547-1111.
Tips may also be submitted online.
Rewards totaling $3,000 are offered for information leading to arrests and convictions.