Student arrested for making bomb threats

Rodney Joseph Sauls, 18, is charged with making a terroristic threat
April 23, 2013 8:34:51 AM PDT
Houston ISD police have charged a Westbury High School student with making a bomb threat against the school earlier this month.

Rodney Joseph Sauls, 18, is charged with making a terroristic threat, which is a state jail felony that carries a maximum possible sentence of two years in a state jail.

Authorities have been forced to evacuate Westbury High School six times this month because of bomb threats. During the course of the investigation, HISD police received several tips, which included key information submitted via Crime Stoppers.

The school secretary told police the caller said, "I have a bomb. I am going to blow the school up. You have five minutes."

The police investigation traced the calls to Sauls' cell phone. Court documents say Sauls even made bomb threats to the school via his cell phone, while in the school's in-school suspension room.

"We take threats against our school communities seriously, and we are committed to investigating these threats vigorously," said HISD Police Chief Jimmy Dotson. "Our students, teachers and staff have a right to feel safe in our schools. We are grateful to those students who were brave enough to come forward and help bring this case to a resolution."

Sauls was arrested on Monday at the Harris County criminal courthouse, where he was appearing on an unrelated matter. No bond has been set in the case.
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