Jasper police: 10-year-old suspect in bomb threat to elementary campus facing felony charge

Boy claimed he made threat because he was getting bullied at school

Jasper police: 10-year-old suspect in bomb threat to elementary campus facing felony charge
Jasper PD detectives have identified a juvenile suspect in the bomb threat that was made to the Parnell Elementary campus on Feb. 8. (Source: KJAS.com)

JASPER, TX (KTRE) - Detectives with the Jasper Police Department have identified a juvenile suspect in the bomb threat that was called into the Parnell Elementary campus on Feb. 8.

Lt. Garrett Foster with the Jasper Police Department said that the suspect, a 10-year-old boy, told investigators that he made the call because he was being bullied at school and did not want to go.

“Neither the school resource officers nor the administration had any reports from the juvenile concerning bullying,” the press release stated. “Juvenile Probation has been notified and will be addressing the situation. The juvenile will be charged with Texas Penal Code 42.06 - false alarm or report, which is a state-jail felony.”

According to a previous press release, an employee at Jasper ISD’s Parnell Elementary campus received two calls from the same number at about 7:15 a.m. on Feb. 8. During the second phone call, the caller said there was a bomb at the Parnell Elementary campus.

At that point, the employee immediately notified JISD’s administration, the press release stated. They, in turn, called the Jasper Police Department.

Before law enforcement officers arrived on the scene, someone made a 911 call JCSO dispatch and said he or she heard shooting and was told to leave the Parnell campus.

Law enforcement officers from the Jasper Police Department, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, the Kirbyville Police Department, and the Texas Department of Public Safety worked together to check and clear the buildings on the Parnell Elementary campus.

“Officers then conducted a secondary search of all the classrooms, offices and outbuildings looking for any unusual packages or items where a bomb could be placed,” the press release stated. “Officers did not locate anything during the search and the school was turned back over to Jasper ISD administration.”

Jon Seybold, Jasper ISD’s director of operations, told KJAS.com that the school activated its emergency plan, which called for the students to be moved to the old football stadium. However, because of the cold and windy weather, the children were moved into the new gymnasium at Jasper Junior High.

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