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Calls to Bay City businesses, homes threaten school children

By adriana_acosta
Jan. 26, 2011 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 25, 2011 at 7:26 p.m.


CAN YOU HELP?Anyone with information about the letter writer, or caller, is asked to contact the school district's Police Chief Leroy Cunningham Jr. at 979-245-1856 or the school district's hotline number at 979-429-6219.

BAY CITY - Several businesses and private homes were contacted Wednesday by phone, with the caller threatening to harm children if his rules were not followed.

The phone call is the latest in a string of threats geared at Bay City school district.

"My understanding is that the calls are reinforcing the threats made by the terrorist," said Keith Brown, district superintendent.

"To my understanding the caller states, 'Unless the rules are followed, kids will be hurt,'" he said.

"The threats are requesting that we follow the rules established by this criminal," he added.

All calls are from a blocked number, threatening students, and the caller is citing a Feb. 1 deadline, said Steven Reis, Matagorda County district attorney.

This threat comes after several threats were made to the school that include a threatening letter sent over the holiday break in December, a threatening text message to students, a bomb threat called in to Linnie Roberts Elementary and the next day, a bomb threat called in to Bay City Junior High.

The last threat was a letter left in a mailbox at Riverside park, a city park on Farm-to-Market Road 2668.

Brown said all campuses and buildings in the school district will be on high alert status until further notice.

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