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All clear given at middle school, second bomb threat in 24 hours

Staff Photo by Kati Moody

By Kati Moody
News Editor

Officials gave the all clear at the Levelland Middle School around 1:45 p.m. today after the Lubbock bomb squad searched the building and did not find any explosives or suspicious devices.

The threat was called in at approximately 11:20 a.m. Thursday after a note was found in a classroom at the middle school saying a bomb was going to detonate. The note was found by a student and turned into school officials.

Law enforcement officials were in a debriefing meeting regarding yesterday’s incident involving a bomb threat at the Levelland Intermediate School when the call came in from the middle school.

“Because were doing that, did a much better job responding to this call than to yesterday’s call,” said Levelland Police Chief Albert Garcia. “As we were going through our debrief, we were able to develop better protocols for this incident.”

The Lubbock bomb squad also searched the intermediate school after the bomb threat yesterday and was unable to recover any type of explosive or suspicious device.

Students and staff at the middle school were evacuated to the Levelland ABC school. The students and staff at the Levelland Intermediate School were evacuated to the administration building, Wednesday.

Jeff Northern, superintendent at Levelland ISD, said the district responded with precautionary measures at both incidents by evacuating students and staff.

“The safety of our kids and staff is our utmost priority,” Northern said. “Whether it’s a hoax or not, we’re going to treat it like a real situation.”

The district informed parents of the threats through their Skyward system.

The Levelland Police Department was assisted by the Hockley County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, Levelland Fire Department, Lubbock Police Department, Levelland EMS and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms at both incidents.

Garcia said if caught, the perpetrators of writing the threats could be prosecuted. They would be facing charges of terroristic threat. If a prosecutor can prove that resources worth more than $1,500 were lost, the culprits could be facing a state jail felony.

However, since the age of students at the intermediate school ranges from 9 to 11 years old, if the student is younger than 10 years old, charges will not be able to be filed against them.

“Kids under 10 cannot be charged with a crime,” Garcia said.

The department is reviewing video footage from the intermediate school near where the note was found. Detectives are interviewing students from the middle school in reference to the incident but have not identified a suspect.

Students at the intermediate school are fourth and fifth graders. Students at the middle school are sixth, seventh and eighth graders, ranging in age from 11 to 14 years old.

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