Two Bryan High School students are facing felony charges after making false reports to 911, police said.

The teens, ages 15 and 16, were each charged with two counts of state jail felony false alarm, punishable by 180 days to two years in prison, and one count of abuse of 911, a Class B misdemeanor.

They were arrested at Bryan High School on Thursday morning after police said the teens made three calls falsely reporting a gunman and a couple of bomb threats between Jan. 17 and Wednesday.

The students made their first call around 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 17, stating there was a gunman at Stephen F. Austin Middle School, according to the a press release from Bryan police. Dispatchers heard laughing in the background, calling into question the validity of the call, but notified school resource officers and staff, who found no signs of a person with a gun, police said.

The same caller reported a note about a bomb at the same middle school at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, but officers and school officials again found no evidence, according to the press release. A similar call came in at 12:11 p.m. the following day and was tracked to the high school.

"It's not the first time we've responded to a false report of something happening at a school or another business," Bryan police spokesperson Kelley McKethan said. "Because they happen every so often, then the one time it's going to be real, we don't want officers or staff at a school or business to not take it seriously, so we strongly advise people to not call in false allegations."

Schools were not evacuated at any time because nothing was found during the searches, Bryan school district spokesman Brandon Webb said.

"The goals with these kinds of calls a lot of the times is disruption," Webb said. "If we can discern that there's nothing to it, then we want to avoid disrupting instruction."

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(5) comments

CQ

I agree with Sabio. I guess The Judge has never been a victim of a crime to see the importance of having a tiered level of punishment for crimes committed. I guess he agrees with the mother of one of the girl's interviewed from the convenience store debacle that stated, "Kids will be kids." If the parents cannot control their children, then society will do it for them. Both incidents are an example of how these children think they are entitled to do whatever they want to do. And yes, they will complain they are being singled out because of their age, race, zip code, or economic status. If we punish them according to the laws maybe, just maybe, we can turn our society around to where people will again fear the consequences of committing a crime and think twice before doing so.

Jeff Duncan

Glad they were arrested, now lets see how funny the think this is, a few years of probation will be good for them, I would say they should be on probation until their 18th birthday for sure, drop the felony charge, no sense in messing up their lives at such a young age. I do not believe in a felony anyways, only reason they made up felony charges was to rob people of their protected rights.

Nunya Bidness

Wow. Really? So you don't see a difference between a theft of a pack of gum and theft of a $10,000 Rolex? The thief of the Rolex should only suffer the punishment of the thief of the pack of gum? Perhaps you think murder, or rape, should be misdemeanor? Maybe pushing someone is the same to you as beating them to a bloody pulp.

A more moronic post has rarely been posted on these pages. Well, except every post from the disgruntled faculty that post here with regularity (in contrast with the productive faculty that don't have time for such nonsense).

roy g

... or the uninformed and often dishonest posts by someone with an axe to grind with those faculty who dare to speak up about the conditions and politics at their workplace.

roy g

No, the felonies were for the "couple of bomb threats". In this day and age, there's no getting around that. Note the story states what they were charged with, not what charges will be pursued once plea bargains or other particulars are arranged.

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