UPDATE from Jasper Police Department: Detectives with the Jasper Police Department has identified a juvenile suspect in the bomb threat incident on 2/8/19. The juvenile told investigators that the reason he had made the call was he was being bullied at school and did not want to go. The School Resources Officers nor the administration had any reports from the juvenile concerning bullying. Juvenile probation has been notified and will be addressing the situation. The juvenile will be charged with Texas Penal Code 42.06 False Alarm or Report which is a state jail felony.
On 2/8/19 at approximately 7:15am an employee of the Parnell Elementary School in Jasper, TX received two calls back to back from the same number. On the second call the suspect on the phone advised that there was a bomb at Parnell. The employee immediately notified Jasper ISD administration who in turn called the Police Department. Somewhere during this time, a 911 call was made to the Jasper County SO from female who advised she heard shooting and was told to leave Parnell. Officers from the Jasper Police Department, Jasper County Sheriff's Office, Kirbyville Police Department and Department of Public Safety worked together to clear the building of any suspects. Officers then conducted a secondary search of all the classrooms, offices and outbuildings looking for any unusual packages or items where a bomb could be placed. Officers did not locate anything during the search and the school was turned back over to Jasper ISD administration.
Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Jasper Police Department are currently working on finding out the origin of the call and the possible identity of the suspect who at this time has only been described as possibly a young male.
From KJAS: Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies in Jasper County rushed to Parnell Elementary School early Friday morning, when a report came in of shots fired and children screaming. However, police say the entire incident turned out to be a hoax. It happened at 7:28.
According to Police Chief Gerald Hall, the initial call was a report of a bomb at the school. However, Hall said that was followed by another caller who reported that shots had been fired, but officers arrived find no evidence of a bomb or shooting.
Jasper Independent School District Director of Operations Jon Seybold told KJAS News that the school activated its emergency plan which was to move all children to the old football stadium. However, Seybold said that due to the cold and windy weather, they were instead moved into the new gymnasium at Jasper Junior High School, which is just across Park Street.
Jasper County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Scotty Duncan said county deputies and city officers arrived at the school simultaneously and immediately conducted themselves as they had been trained to do.
Officers from Jasper and Jasper County, along with Kirbyville Police, DPS troopers, game wardens and others went into the school building and checked every room. They emerged from the building about 30 minutes later after finding nothing.
At about 8:30, Jon Seybold said that all Parnell students were being moved back to their classrooms to resume school. However, he said that out of precaution, all J.I.S.D. campuses would remain on lock down status for the rest of the day, and Jasper Police Chief Gerald Hall said that his officers would step up their presence at the campuses for the remainder of Friday.
The Parnell Elementary School which is located on Park Street, on the west side of Jasper, houses the 4th and 5th grades.
Chief Hall said later Friday morning that officers from his department had identified a suspect in the case. He said the individual, which he only described as a juvenile was being questioned by detectives.
In recent weeks there have been two similar calls at the local Walmart Store. However, it is not known whether those incidents are related.
Detectives with the Jasper Police Department has identified a juvenile suspect in the bomb threat. A juvenile told investigators that the reason he had made the call was he was being bullied at school and did not want to go. The School Resources Officers nor the administration had any reports from the juvenile concerning bullying.
The juvenile will be charged with Texas Penal Code 42.06 False Alarm or Report which is a state jail felony.