Arrest made in bomb threat at Henderson last week

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Flash staff report
November 7, 2022

Last week, an anonymous handwritten bomb threat was placed at Henderson Jr High and the school was evacuated and cleared by bomb squad before classes could resume. Now a juvenile male has been taken into custody, according to the Stephenville Police Department.

Since that time, SPD officials said, “officers with the Stephenville Police Department and personnel with the Stephenville Independent School District (SISD) have worked tirelessly to identify the perpetrator.”

Today, officers made an arrest and charged the juvenile with Terroristic Threat, is a third degree felony.

“As the suspect is a juvenile, no additional identifying information will be available,” officials said in a release Monday. “Investigators with SPD along with SISD personnel will continue to investigate all aspects of this threat and take appropriate action to protect the safety and welfare of students, faculty and staff. The safety and security of our students and schools remains of paramount importance.”

This all began when an anonymous handwritten bomb threat was placed at Henderson Jr High before noon on Thursday, November 3. According to Stephenville PD, the bomb squad and a team of both SPD and Erath County Sheriff’s Deputies worked together with the ATF agents, who were sent to assist, and cleared the campus.

At the time, Stephenville PD and Stephenville ISD officials said students and faculty were evacuated to the Bond Auditorium on Overhill Street without any injuries and were kept safe throughout the ordeal. Once the building was swept and cleared, classes resumed.

Stephenville ISD officials said parents were permitted to pick up their students.

“The Stephenville Police Department has thoroughly searched the Henderson Junior High campus and it is safe for students to return,” Eric J. Cederstrom, Ed.D., SISD Superintendent, reported on Thursday afternoon. “As always, we appreciate the Stephenville Police Department for their quick response and support. We appreciate everyone’s support and patience and take every opportunity to keep our kids safe.”

Stephenville PD release

On Thursday November 3, the Stephenville Police Department (SPD) received a report regarding a bomb threat made at Henderson Jr. High. Since that time officers with the Stephenville Police Department and personnel with the Stephenville Independent School District (SISD) have worked tirelessly to identify the perpetrator.

Today, Monday the 7th the Stephenville Police Department took a male juvenile into custody and charged him with Terroristic Threat which is a 3rd Degree Felony. As the suspect is a juvenile, no additional identifying information will be available. At this time, there is no information to believe there are additional suspects outstanding. Investigators with SPD along with SISD personnel will continue to investigate all aspects of this threat and take appropriate action to protect the safety and welfare of students, faculty and staff. The safety and security of our students and schools remains of paramount importance.

The Stephenville Police Department would like to thank members of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Bomb Detection K-9 Unit, the Stephenville and Fort Worth Fire Departments, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Law Enforcement Division Game Warden, the Texas Highway Patrol and the Erath County Sheriff’s Office for their prompt assistance responding to this threat.

If anyone has any additional information regarding this case please contact the Stephenville Police Department at 254-918-1273.

Stephenville PD release

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