- While there is a debate raging within Texas of allowing unvaccinated students back to school, authorities, and students of Wichita Falls High School faced frightening moments following a call for a bomb threat on the very first day of the school reopening after the long Covid-19 pandemic closure.
It was around 2.40 p.m. that a call was received reporting a bomb left in a backpack. It was just some time prior to the ringing of the bell at the schools for releasing students for the day, police said. Authorities at the school hurriedly evacuated students and others from the campus. No injuries were reported.
Wichita Falls Fire and Police, the Denton Police Department Bomb Squad, and a team from Sheppard Air Force Base examined the entire school campus but they could not find any bombs.
Police are currently investigating the case and a search is on for the individual who had made that terrorist threat phone call, Wichita Falls police said.
The local public has been requested by police to give any information that can help to identify the caller who had made the bomb threat and contact Crime Stoppers at 940-322-9888. Police will offer a reward of up to $500 for relevant information.
Earlier in April this year, a similar hoax call was made threatening Texas City High School. In that incident, the police are still on the lookout for the perpetrator, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office said. A call in this incident was made at the school at about 12.30 p.m.
Police had asked the high school students and teachers to stay in the classrooms and not to move about the school. Authorities had also put into heightened alert other district buildings near the high school.