Bomb threat rattles Ennis ISD
By 04/03/2003 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
ENNIS - Police and fire department personnel were dispatched to Ennis Junior High and Ennis High School after a 9-1-1 call was received reporting bomb threats at both campuses in the early morning hours of Friday, March 28.
Ennis Independent Sc-hool District police, Ennis Police and Fire Department officials thoroughly search-ed both buildings not finding anything.
Ennis ISD Public Information Officer Glenn Hyde commented a call was placed to 9-1-1 about 7:15 a.m. informing officials bombs were located in the high school and junior high.
Due to the call being placed so early, the school was 'not close to being occupied' to capacity, according to Hyde.
He said many of the students who were present arrived at campus early because they ride the bus.
Hyde refused to elaborate on what type of disciplinary action the school district would take against
He said, 'It's a kid thing,' but it needs to be nicked in the bud. He said the suspect would be disciplined appropriately, so the kids realize this is serious.
Each school has it's own disciplinary programs depending on the seriousness of the accused offense he said.
Students, faculty, and staff were immediately evacuated from the buildings and held outside pending the outcome of sweeps being conducted by school police, Ennis police and fire department officials.
'You have to take each one seriously,' said Ennis High School Principal John Doslich.
Ennis Detective Jeff Smith said that nothing suspicious was found during the search.
School officials searched each student's backpack before allowing them to re-enter the schools.
Doslich stated it's 'back to business' I must believe the danger is very little if I had any concern at all my two daughters would not have been in school Friday.
The remainder of the school was uneventful Friday with classes and extracurricular activities going on as scheduled.
Students who missed classes Friday will be counted as an unexcused absence.
A female student reported seeing a male student being led away in handcuffs.
He's in my first period class and was joking about it she commented.
Det. Smith confirmed that a 16-year old male Ennis High sophomore was taken into custody.
The suspect is now in the custody of Ellis County Juvenile Probation Service.
It is unknown at this whether the suspect will be tried as a juvenile or adult. The case is being handled by the Ellis County District Attorney's office.