BNHS Press Release & Updates

Posted by Sherri Lewis on Jan 31, 2017
Tags: BNHS, Community, TCPD, Town News

UPDATE as of 2.6.17 at 10:00 a.m.
Statement from Trophy Club Police Chief, Patrick Arata:
The Trophy Club Police Department has arrested a suspect for the bomb threat made against Byron Nelson High School on January 30, 2017 and is pursuing the arrest of a second suspect and is pursuing the arrest of a second suspect.

The individual arrested has been charged with Texas Penal Code, Section 42.06: False Alarm or Report. An offense under this section is a state jail felony because the false report is of an emergency involving a public primary or secondary school.

The ONLY information that I can provide about the suspect arrested is that the individual is a juvenile who attends Byron Nelson High School.

The following is a synopsis of how the event unfolded:
On January 30, 2017 at 2:46 pm, Denton County police dispatch received a call claiming that an individual was inside Byron Nelson High School with a handgun and had planted a number of pipe bombs throughout the school. Over the course of the next several hours, the individual called back 5 times, for a total of 6 calls.

During the 6th call, the caller stated that this was a hoax. Not only did the caller enjoy taunting the police but mocked the response. During the phone calls, the arrestee was providing information to the caller on the movement of police officers, the SWAT team, and the fact that helicopters were at the school. The caller used this information to help convince dispatch of his intentions. Law Enforcement felt that the caller was inside the school increasing the threat level, and our primary concern was keeping the students and staff safe.

During the course of the investigation, information was received which led to today’s arrest. We learned that the arrestee was inside a classroom texting the “caller” constantly with police updates and with details of the schools interior, student names and locker numbers. The caller was in an undisclosed location making the calls.

I would like to thank the following police departments and agencies for their assistance and successful resolution:

  • Trophy Club
  • Roanoke
  • Northlake
  • Argyle
  • Southlake
  • Flower Mound
  • Bartonville
  • Denton County Sheriff’s Office
  • DFW Airport Police bomb dogs
  • North Tarrant Regional SWAT Team
  • FBI
  • Northwest ISD
  • Trophy Club Fire Department
  • Roanoke Fire Department
  • Southlake Fire Department
  • Crime Stoppers
  • Most of all the parents for remaining calm and their understanding

I would also like to thank the Trophy Club Police Department and Northwest ISD for working around the clock to identify the individuals responsible and bring them to justice.

This senseless act not only placed our students, teachers and 1st responders at significant risk, it has forever altered the life of one of our children – parents, please have those necessary conversations with your children to ensure they understand the long term implications of their actions to ensure a tragedy such as this never repeats itself in our community.

As Chief, I continue to do all I can to keep our residents safe, and to ensure that Trophy Club remains a “great place to call home”.

Town of Trophy Club
Police Chief, Patrick Arata

UPDATE as of 2.2.17 at 4:05 p.m. 
The Trophy Club Police Department continues to investigate the Terroristic Threat called into The Byron Nelson High School on Monday January 30, 2017. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Police Department at 682-831-4650 or submit a tip online at Campus Crime Stoppers.
UPDATE as of 2.1.17 at 1:35 p.m.  TCPD continues to actively follow leads

On Monday January 30, 2017 at approximately 2:50pm the Trophy Club Police Department was notified of a threat of violence against students and staff at Byron Nelson High School (BNHS).

“Northwest ISD appreciates the ongoing partnership with the Town of Trophy Club, “said Superintendent of Schools Ryder Warren, Ed. D. “Together, we have worked to make sure our students and staff are safe and that the community is kept informed.” NISD is fully cooperating with local law enforcement to determine who is responsible for this incident. Today the investigation continues as detectives work to follow up on all leads to identify the perpetrator(s) of this incident.

Full Press Release

Thank You to all of the agencies that assisted TCPD in keeping students and staff safe:
North Tarrant Regional SWAT
Flower Mound SWAT
DFW Airport Police Bomb K9
Roanoke Police Department
Keller Police Department
Southlake Police Department
Northlake Police Department
Argyle Police Department
Bartonville Police Department
Colleyville Police Department
Texas Department of Public Safety
Denton County Constable Pct. #4
Denton County Emergency Management
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Denton County Sheriff’s Office Communications
Trophy Club Fire Department
Roanoke Fire Department
Southlake Fire Department