‘All-clear’ given after bomb scare in Burnet

BURNET,  Texas (KXAN) — Burnet Middle School officials said everyone is safe after a bomb threat Thursday morning, and the ‘all-clear’ was given several hours later after nothing was found.

Police say around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning a school resource officer alerted officials about a threat of bombs and guns on the middle school campus.

Due to the investigation authorities will not say what the officer saw or heard.

Police say all middle school students underwent pat downs before being evacuated to the high school.

“It was chaos,” said Gabe Tercero, a student at Burnet High School. “Everyone was flipping out, spreading rumors about bombs.”

Officials said that no explosive devices, guns, or notes were found and the ‘all-clear’ was given after 5 p.m.

Burnet County ISD says emails and phone calls were sent to parents alerting them of the threat and telling them they could come pick their children up.

“It’s a little scary that something can happen in a small town like Burnet,” said Cherryl Phillips, a grandmother to two Burnet Middle School students. “If you look what happened yesterday in Pennsylvania you realize we are not in a little town that’s safe anymore.”

The Austin Police Department also assisted in searching the middle school by providing canine units and a bomb squad. Currently, police do not have a suspect but they say threat likely originated with students.

All after school activities were canceled, including Burnet Elementary’s 1st grade play.

All schools will be open as usual of Friday, but extra law enforcement personnel will be stationed at each campus as a precaution.

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