"All clear" given to Anderson HS

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE News, SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News & KVUE.com

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Posted on April 24, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 25 at 7:16 AM

AUSTIN -- Classes will resume Thursday and so too will the STAAR/TAKS testing at Anderson High School after a bomb threat was called in Wednesday, the second in two days.

Students were evacuated around noon. Anderson High School has received two bomb threats this week -- one on Tuesday night after school hours, the other Wednesday afternoon. Both threats came in the middle of the school's STAAR and TAKS tests.

Students and staff evacuated after the call came in. Austin ISD police brought in bomb-detecting dogs to search the building and didn't find anything. Police say the call came from a payphone at a business but won't say which one. Chief Eric Mendez says they're still looking for the person who did it.

AISD police told KVUE that neither threat was considered credible. Chief Mendez said these calls are not uncommon during finals or other testing weeks, but they're still evaluated and taken seriously.

“Any time we have issues arrive such as this, there's always a possibility that it is students trying to avoid taking tests,” said Chief Eric Mendez with AISD Police.

“I think it's despicable if it's a copycat situation with all of the unrest that we see all around us. And that theft of time of so many students trying to learn is one of the most hurtful things other than of course the safety concerns,” Anderson High PTSA President Chuck Hempstead said.

Administrators let everyone back in the building before lunch and testing resumed.

"As we determine who commits the offense, then we file appropriate charges. It is a state jail felony to call in a bomb threat at a school," Chief Mendez said.

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