3 in custody in Ector school threat

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

ECTOR, Tex. -- Three juveniles are in custody after police say they threatened Ector school students and staff. Officials cancelled classes on Thursday as a precaution, and are informing everyone of the threat on Friday.

Candice Ostrowski was shocked when she heard the news that three of her fellow students threatened to harm her teachers and friends.

Officials were just as surprised to hear about a threat of this magnitude in their community.

School officials received a call Wednesday afternoon of what they are calling "a terroristic threat" on the school. After a preliminary investigation, Ector and Fannin County authorities found evidence on a student’s MySpace page confirming the rumors.

That’s when authorities say they acted quickly.

Because they couldn't arrest the individuals Wednesday night, Ector ISD officials cancelled school Thursday, telling students and family it was due to a gas leak.

"I had to come up with something that was serious enough that you will close school down," Gary Bohannon, Ector ISD superintendent, said.

Ector Police arrested three juveniles Thursday in connection with the threat. They are being held in a juvenile detention center. A hearing on Monday will determine what charges will be filed against the three.

Parents were updated on the situation on Friday and agree the right steps were taken, even if the threat never would have materialized.


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  • by SOPHMORE Location: Bonham on Dec 5, 2007 at 07:34 AM
    They are good guys and i dont think that they would do something like that.I have been friends with them like a couple years they are good guys!!!!!!
  • by SENIOR AT Location: ECTOR HIGH SCHOOL [SENIOR] on Dec 5, 2007 at 05:14 AM
    I WOULD LIKE TO STATE... THEY WERE NOT OUTKAST. IN FACT THEY WERE VERY WELL LIKED DESPITE WHAT CANDICE OSTROWSKI SAID. EVERYONE IN ECTOR IS SO CLOSE. AND NO ONE IS FAVORED OVER ANYONE. NOR DO THE ATHLETES GET SPECIAL ATTENTION OR PRIVLEDGES. I DO NOT KNOW WHY THESES 3 GUYS, WHO ARE MY FRIENDS, WOULD DO SOMETHING TO THIS EXTENT. I THINK THEY WERE JUST ALL TALK ABOUT IT. THESE BOYS HAEV NEVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS AND I DO NOT KNOW WHY THEY WOULD WANT TO DO THIS. ECTOR IS AN AWESOME SCHOOL DESPITE WHAT HAPPENED THIS PAST WEEK.... AND MY KIDS WILL GO TO SCHOOL HERE BECAUSE THIS IS A WELCOMING AND ACCEPTING ENVIROMENT SO EVERYONE JUST NEEDS TO CALM DOWN ABOUT IT. THE SITUTATION IS HANDLED AND IT UNDER CONTROL. AND NOT ONCE DID THE STUDENTS FEEL LIKE OUR LIVES WERE IN DANGER. ECTOR IS A SAFE PLACE FOR ANYONE.AND I DO THINK IT WAS HANDLED PROPERLY AND THE RIIGHT STEPS WERE TAKEN TO BE SURE NOTHING WOULD HAPPEN, EVEN IF IT WASNT GOING TO IN THE FIRST PLACE. THANK YOU. -Senior 2008 [athlete]
  • by Sherri Parent Location: Ector on Dec 4, 2007 at 04:18 PM
    I have a daughter that goes to Ector Jr. High, she has been here since kindergarten. I would like to thank everone involved and say that I am proud of how this was handled. My daughter is my life and I would be forever lost without her. For all of you who do not agree with what has happened or how it was handled, I wonder what you would say if you were in my shoes. As for the boys involved, I believe that if they had partent that loved them, as a child should be loved, they would not be in the situation they are in today. People we need to remember that we are not raising children we are raising ADULTS, if you want a caring, loving adult you must give them that as children. What have these boys been thru to even make them consider this kind of act? I do not excuse what they have done, but I do pray for them. I think we all shoud.
  • by Anonymous Location: Ector on Dec 4, 2007 at 12:16 PM
    I would like to let the people know that Ector ISD is one of the best schools in Texas. We have been to several other schools and by far they are the best. They have a kind and caring staff who put the children first. As far as the person wrote about "substandered" maybe they should have gone to Ector and then they would know how to spell "substandard". I found that certain people need to keep their opinions to themselves especially under these circumstances.
  • by Ector Location: Ector on Dec 4, 2007 at 12:08 PM
    I would like to tell the person who wrote "Don't think the school should have lied". They need to rethink what they wrote. The school saved the lives of students and faculty members. Great job Ector!! You have full support from our family and friends.
  • by Anonymous Location: Oklahoma on Dec 4, 2007 at 10:08 AM
    To Anonymous in Ector who named Jeremy: Regarless of whether the guy is innocent or not, he still made the choice to go along with the plan. If they didn't have guns on them, then he should have let the authorities know because they take that stuff VERY SERIOUSLY!! He had a choice and he chose the wrong one!! Now he has to PROVE he is innocent.
  • by concerned parent Location: ector on Dec 4, 2007 at 09:11 AM
    I have two children that attend Ector ISD and one of them is in highschool. I have found it to be a wonderful school with a very attentive and committed staff. I feel that the whole situation was handled exactly as it should have been. My only concern is that the 3 students responsible be released from custody. Even if they aren't allowed back in school, what's to keep them from carrying out their original plans anyway, it's a very small town, i'm sure they know where most everyone lives. My only hope is that the state of TEXAS makes an example out of the 3 responsible and keeps them where they belong.
  • by Jolene Baker Location: Ector on Dec 4, 2007 at 07:43 AM
    My gratitude to the Ector ISD administration, the Ector Police Dept., and other law enforcement officials involved in this matter. They handled matters excellently - now if they can just get a conviction with some "teeth" to it. It may have just been a prank, but, thankfully, we will never know for sure. This is not something to even joke about anymore. I am sure that families of the dead at Columbine, Jonesboro, or any of the other schools where someone did not take these type threats seriously with tragic repurcussions would love to go back and have the opportunity to "take seriously" some of the warning signs demonstrated by the people involved. Of course everyone at these locals thought they were not serious either until the killing started. I graduated from Ector ISD, and believe there is no better school in the state of Texas. The actions taken to protect students in this situation is just one more example of how truly good it is.
  • by Sharon Location: Savoy on Dec 4, 2007 at 05:41 AM
    I"ve got 3 grandsons that attend Ector ISD and I want to thank, Mr. Shaw, Mr. Bohannon,the staff that stayed up late to call all the students, Ector Police Dept, Bonham Police Dept,the Judge,and anyone else that was involved, for all the work that you did to protect our kids. A special thank you to the parent that notified the school of the threat. God Bless You
  • by Anonymous Location: Ector on Dec 3, 2007 at 08:38 PM
    Thank you so much administration for saving our children's lives and those of the faculty & staff. God Bless each and every one of you at Ector ISD.
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