Texas school threat found 'not credible'

Dec. 14, 2001 at 2:41 PM
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AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A threat made public earlier this week against unspecified Texas schools was found "not credible" after an FBI investigation, state officials said Friday.

"Texas schools remain safe," Gov. Rick Perry said after the Texas Department of Public Safety received word from the FBI that the threat was unfounded.

The vague threat of retaliation against Texas schools for the bombing of Afghanistan was reported to the FBI by a friendly foreign government. The FBI informed state officials Tuesday night and all the state's schools were notified Wednesday but none of them was closed.

"After further investigation, it was determined that the threat was not credible," the DPS said in a brief statement Friday. "At this time, there is no information to suggest that any threat to a Texas school exists."

The DPS said the threat warning was withdrawn and it stressed that the state's schools are safe.

In a news conference Wednesday, Perry informed Texans that the threat was unsubstantiated and that the state's schools were safe. He said Friday he was proud that residents had reacted in a "calm and reassuring way."

Since the deadly Columbine High School shooting in Colorado two years ago, Texas has taken extra security precautions at schools to ensure the safety of teachers and students, including creation of a School Safety Center with $1 million of funding, the governor said.

"The safety and security of students on all our school campuses remain our highest priority," he said.

The unsubstantiated threat was reported to the FBI by a friendly foreign government, but FBI Bob Doguim in Houston would not identify the government. He said the report was that two individuals might conspire to retaliate against unspecified schools for the bombing in Afghanistan.

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