Former student threatened to 'shoot and blow up' Akins High School

A lock down was triggered at Akins High School on Thursday after a 17-year old former student boarded a bus and came to campus, where he threatened to "shoot and blow up the school." (Photo: CBS Austin)

A former student boarding a bus and making a threat on Thursday morning triggered a lock down at Akins High School in South Austin.

According to the Austin ISD police chief, the 17-year-old suspect boarded a bus around 8:45 a.m. and made verbal threats to the school.

Police say he then came to the school, went to the front of the building, exposed some "items" in his backpack--including a gun magazine and ammo--and made further threats to the school.

The suspect allegedly threatened to "shoot and blow up the school," according to police.

After a tip from a student, the school was placed on lock down at 9:52 a.m.

Police located the suspect at Southpark Meadows around 10:25 a.m.

He was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat. No gun was found.

"Today was a very successful day," said AISD Interim Police Chief, Chris Evoy. "Our kids are safe. We have safe schools. We have someone in custody."

The suspect has yet to be identified, but AISD police say he was a student as of two weeks ago.

When the lock down was lifted, fearful parents waited in long lines to pick up their children.

"I hate sending my kids to school, not knowing one day to the next, if they are going to make it home," said parent, Diana Carroll.

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