On Thursday, February 1, 2024, at just after 7 p.m. the Boerne Police Department made contact with the primary suspect in the threats made against Champion High School on Wednesday, January 31, 2024.
The suspect, 16, was arrested Friday, February 2, 2024, and is facing three felony charges:
- Terroristic Threat
- False Report
The suspect is a former Boerne ISD student.
“It is very important for everyone – parents and kids – to understand this is not something to ever take lightly or joke about,” Police Chief Steve Perez said. “This swatting incident caused unnecessary panic and stress for countless parents, teachers, students, and the entire Boerne community.”
On Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at 9:25 a.m. Boerne Police Department dispatch was notified of a threat made to Champion High School.
The caller said bombs had been placed at the school and there was an individual with a gun on campus. Shortly after, a second potential threat at Boerne High School was also identified and that campus was placed on lockdown, as well. The threats at the two schools were separate incidents that coincidentally occurred at the same time.
“It is unfortunate that we continue to see hoax calls increasing across the country, but we will always take them seriously,” Perez said. “Although this action requires many resources, I am very proud of how our team responded on Wednesday and how quickly our investigators worked to track down the suspect. My hope is that that the quick apprehension of the responsible party provides comfort to our community.”
After a thorough investigation at both high schools, the threats were proven to be unsubstantiated as there were no bombs or guns found on any BISD campuses.
When a situation like this occurs in the City of Boerne, we will release timely and accurate information on the Boerne Police Department Facebook page.
We are thankful for the quick response of our partners at Boerne ISD, the Boerne Fire Department, the Kendall County Sheriff's Office, and Kendall County EMS, as well as our partners at the state and federal level.