Police: 8th grader threatened to blow up school, shoot survivors

Bomb threat at Burnet Middle School. (Omar Lewis/KXAN)

BURNET, Texas (KXAN) – After a long interview and talking with an 8th grader at Burnet Middle School, police said the student confessed to making a bomb threat on Thursday.

The threat indicated three bombs had been placed on campus and that if the bombs didn’t kill the other students, he had a gun to shoot the survivors, police said.

“We feel like this was probably going to happen before the school year was over,” said Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson.

As a result of the threat, the school was evacuated and each student was patted down as they left the building.

“This threat was met head-on, and the students and school staff was moved to a safe location,” Nelson said. “The school district was able to contact the parents of the students and make them aware of the incident. This incident was controlled at all levels, and the students remained safe at all times.”

Police say the initial threat was found written on a bathroom wall. Authorities brought teachers in to help identify the handwriting, which led them to the 8th grader. Inside the boy’s bedroom police found angry writings that matched the threat written in the bathroom.

Officers didn’t find any weapons on the school campus Thursday, but when police searched the student’s home they found a pistol, several rounds of ammunition, and a large knife, all of which were confiscated.

During an interview with detectives, police say the student referenced a Wednesday incident where 20 students at a Pennsylvania high school were stabbed.

The boy is being raised by a single mother, police said, and add that she is cooperating fully with authorities. Police pointed out the home situation and the lack of a father being present was part of the child’s potential anger issues.

Police are still unsure of a motive. Investigators spent Friday interviewing teachers to find out if bullying may have led to the incident.

The student was charged with making a false report or alarm. The school district said they will wait until officers complete their investigation before disciplining the student. They added in cases like this, students are normally assigned to a “discipline alternative education program.”

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