HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — Students at Klein Forest High School returned to campus Friday morning after the school was searched and deemed safe following a bomb threat Thursday.
Students were forced off campus Thursday morning after the district said a student tapped on a district-issued device that he had a pipe bomb. This post was reported and school was canceled for the remainder of the day as police searched the building. No bomb was found.
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The student who made the threat has been charged with threatening third degree terrorism, which is a felony. He was also expelled.
Thursday’s threat marked the third day in a row for an incident like this to occur at a local school.
On Tuesday, Houston ISD’s Heights High School received a prank call reporting an active shooter. Aldine ISD’s Eisenhower High School also took action after social media threats were made against the campus on Wednesday.
No one was injured at these schools this week, but the threats were taken seriously.
According to data from the Texas Education Agency, the 2017-2018 school year saw the most threats in recent years, with more than 3,500 threats to schools reported statewide and 140 to HISD.
He was about the same the following school year, but the number of threats decreased the following two years during the pandemic.
“We leave and I’m like, ‘This is not a drill.’ Either there was a fire or something happened,” said Klein Forest student David Hawkins.
“Whatever is going on, you feel like your student or any child is unprotected,” said Carla Gallegos, a parent.
Klein ISD said there will be more police on campus Friday out of an abundance of caution.
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