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Bomb threat at Paradise a dud

By Brandon Evans | Published Saturday, June 8, 2013

A note found at Paradise High School Wednesday threatened to end the school year with a bang.

The Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigated a bomb threat after a handwritten note was found in the boys bathroom, indicating a bomb would go off on the last day of school.

Wednesday night, investigators searched the school and area with the help of explosive-detecting dogs from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth.

Sheriff David Walker said nothing was found, but they would increase security at school on Friday and at graduation Friday evening. Investigators are also analyzing the handwriting in the note.

It was the second such threat made at Paradise High School this school year. Last Nov. 2, a bomb threat was found scrawled on the wall in a boy’s bathroom. The school was evacuated for hours as members of the Paradise Volunteer Fire Department and investigators with the sheriff’s office combed through the buildings.

Decatur High School also had a couple of bomb threats this school year.

Even if no bomb is ever planned, someone making such a threat can be charged with terroristic threat, which can result in state jail or third-degree felony charges.

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