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."