Law enforcement escorted school buses in Cuero, Westhoff and Meyersville on Friday afternoon after a threat of violence to school buses was reported to the Cuero Police Department.
“The threat is unconfirmed, but it was that someone was going to shoot a school bus,” said Sheriff Carl Bowen of the DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office. “Without us knowing specifically which bus that the alleged attack was going to be on, we had escort buses traveling between all three areas.”
The threat was reported to the city about 12:20 p.m. by a school resource officer, Bowen said. As the investigation progressed, Bowen said it appeared to be between Westhoff and Cuero districts.
All three school districts let out students early Friday, at 12:30 p.m., for football games. Bowen said the agency had to respond rapidly because of such short notification.
“Because we literally had five minutes, the investigative process is still very preliminary and we’re exercising extreme caution to make sure these kids get home safe,” he said. “The investigation into the validity (of the threat) is ongoing, but in a case like this we would much rather err on the side of caution.”
Bowen said all students riding the buses returned home safely.
“The buses made it home. Nothing happened,” he said. “It could have been a valid threat we avoided, or it could have been a false threat to begin with but that is what the investigation will tell us.”
At 2:30 p.m., Meyersville Superintendent Kelly Dunn said parents had not been notified of the threat.
“They will be notified, but there was no direct threat (to students) at this point in time,” he said.
Cuero and Westhoff districts took all precautions after receiving the threat, Cuero Superintendent Micah Dyer said in a news release posted to Facebook about 3 p.m.
“We will continue to investigate who reported this fake claim and take any disciplinary and legal measures necessary,” Dyer wrote.