Bomb threat suspect on 24-hour house arrest
By 04/17/2003 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Ellis County Court Law No. 2 Judge Gene Calvert ordered a Ennis High School juvenile bomb-threat suspect to be placed on 24-hour house arrest.
The juvenile is accused of placing a call to 9-1-1, threatening to blow up the Ennis Junior High and High School on March 28.
After court proceedings Wednesday, April 9, the 16-year-old was released into his parents' custody.
He will be required to wear an electronic leg monitor, so Ellis County juvenile probation officials can monitor his whereabouts 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Under Calvert's ruling, he will only be allowed to use the phone
to speak to his parents, lawyer or to call juvenile services.
He will not be permitted to talk on the phone with friends. His parents must monitor all his telephone conversations.
The suspect's father indicated before the bomb threat incident occurred, the young man attended church regularly with his family and attended weekly Wednesday evening youth group programs.
The father said his son has a driver's license, he and his wife would pay for the auto insurance and asked the court to consider letting the suspect drive himself to church on Wednesday nights.
He said the juvenile would be attending church with the entire family on Sundays.
Calvert said the suspect must be in his parent's custody at all times whether going to or from church and he could only attend the weekly functions with a parent present.
'We all agreed it's a good thing for him to attend church on Wednesdays,' said Bill Scott, the defendant's court-appointed attorney.
During the proceedings, it was acknowledged the defendant is currently expelled from attending classes at Ennis High School.
Calvert instructed the teenager to find out what course work he would need to complete and begin home schooling while on house arrest.
The suspect will not be allowed to play any video games or watch more than an hour's worth of television a day, per the judge's order.
EISD Public Information Officer Glenn Hyde refused to comment on what punishment the student would receive from EISD.
'It is the policy of Ennis Independent School District that we do not comment on disciplinary procedures on or against students enrolled in Ennis Independent School District,' Hyde said.
Jones will be required to check in with his juvenile probation officer once a week. Any other offenses or noncompliance with juvenile probation will cause the suspect to reappear before the judge.