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Student with knife forces lockdown at Copperas Cove High School

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Dozens of parents wait outside Copperas Cove High School on Jan. 13, 2019 after the school was placed on lockdown for what the district called an "unsubstantiated threat."

COPPERAS COVE, Texas — Copperas Cove High School was placed on lockdown Monday for about an hour.

The lockdown was lifted just before 1:30 p.m. The district said on Facebook that a student with an illegal knife on campus was arrested. The student did not threaten any other students, according to the district.

The district posted the following statement to its Facebook page:

“Please be advised that Copperas Cove High School is on lockdown due to an unsubstantiated threat. In partnership with the Copperas Cove Police Department, our student resource officers assigned to the campus and other officers have responded to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Please allow the officers to do their job and do not come to the campus. We will provide more details as they become available. Thank you for your understanding.”

The district later posted an update: 

"Please be advised that CCHS is no longer on lockdown. A student with an illegal knife on campus resulted in an arrest. The student did not threaten any other students. We are adjusting the lunch schedule. Transportation for students will run on schedule this afternoon. Please remind your students that no weapons of any kind or allowed on CCISD campuses. We do have additional counselors and administrators on campus to provide support to our students. Thank you for your understanding." 

The 16-year-old was detained at about 1:00 p.m. and charged with being in possession of an illegal knife. There was never a gun on campus, according to the Copperas Cove Police Department Sgt. Miller. 

CCISD later released a statement that said, "At no time did the student threaten any other students. The investigation is now closed. Student discipline will be administered in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.  Additional counselors and administrators worked on the high school campus this afternoon to provide support to students." 

The statement went on to remind parents and students that no weapons of any kind are allowed ono the school campuses and that CCISD has a 'zero tolerance' policy when it comes to weapons.

“Clearly understand that we will always take the necessary steps to keep our school as safe as possible,” Superintendent Dr. Joe Burns said. “I recommend using this opportunity to speak with your child about immediately reporting any threats or suspicious behavior to school staff so we can address the concerns immediately."

Burns went on to say that it is the goal of the district to provide a safe learning environment for every student and staff member. 

"School lunch schedules were adjusted to ensure all high school students received their meals. Students resumed their normal class schedules at approximately 1 p.m. with the end of the school day and bus transportation on their regular schedules," CCISD said.

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