Tenaha ISD pinpoints suspect in recent 911 hoax call

Tenaha ISD pinpoints suspect in recent 911 hoax call
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Scott Tyner, superintendent. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Scott Tyner, superintendent. (Source: KTRE Staff)

TENAHA, TX (KTRE) - Authorities at Tenaha ISD have said a student is facing consequences after placing a hoax 911 call to the district two days ago.
However, similar calls have been a problem dating back to October.

At least eight other hoax calls have been made. Officials described them as terroristic threats.

Suzie Plata, a mother to a 13-year-old middle school student at Tenaha ISD, said the hoax calls take a toll on her emotions.

"You never know. It's just so scary. I don't know why people want to mess with kids like that. I don't know," Plata said.

However, this isn't the first time the school district had to endure the unknown.

"Over the course of the year, we've had a series of the calls and events and threats that have come anonymously to our land line phones that we've had to respond to," said Scott Tyner,  the Tenaha ISD superintendent.

Tyner said most recent hoax call one came to the sheriff's office, which led to more than a dozen officers rushing to the school following the 911 call.

Tyner said the caller posed as a Tenaha ISD employee, which led officers to believe there was an active shooter situation on campus.

After further investigation, authorities were able to pinpoint a minor as the suspect for this specific hoax call.

"It was a very frustrating waste of resources and time, it felt like at times, but we had to do it. It was part of what we're in charge of doing," Tyner said.

The superintendent cautioned that even though each of the calls were a hoax, staying alert is essential to treat each threat very seriously.

"After about the fifth time, you get numb to being called out called back and, so trying to keep that urgency is important. Our people and our law enforcement folks helping in this area had done that," Tyner said.

Plata hopes investigators will be able to put an end to the on-going hoaxes.

"I just wish they would stop. It's very frightening," Plata said.

So far, authorities have only pinpointed one suspect connected to the most recent hoax.

However, the investigation remains ongoing to find who is responsible for the other seven.

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