Bomb threat causes Fossil Ridge evacuation

06/09/2014 12:00 AM

06/05/2014 3:50 PM

Fossil Ridge High School was evacuated Thursday morning—the last day of school— after an anonymous bomb threat was called in to the school office.

Keller district, Fort Worth police and Fort Worth fire department officials decided to evacuate the building around 10:20 a.m., shortly after the threat was received. Kevin Kinley, KISD security director, said students were outside for a little more than an hour while the building was searched.

Officials suspected the call was a prank, but evacuated students and staff and searched the building to be certain, Kinley said.

Later in the morning, another threat against Fossil Ridge was posted to Twitter from the handle “@thotstopper” with a photo of New York City’s Twin Tours burning on Sept. 11, 2001.

Kinley said that the threats would be taken “very seriously.” Fort Worth police would be looking to trace the call and the Tweet to find whomever made the threats. A conviction for making a terroristic threat could result in jail time, Kinley said.

Administrators at adjacent Heritage Elementary School were notified of the threat but did not alter their schedule.

After they returned, Ridge students were given an extra half hour to complete finals for seventh and eighth periods.

The bomb threats appear to be the latest in a string of end-of-the-year pranks to disrupt classes in Keller district high schools.

Two years ago, students from Central and Timber Creek were banned from graduation. Last year, a Timber Creek student was arrested during an attempt to start a food fight.

A few weeks ago, masked young men broke into Timber Creek and spray painted words on walls.

This time, seniors were not impacted. They finished classes last Friday prior to May 31 commencement ceremonies.

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