Port Arthur Police, FBI respond Monday to fake kidnapping threat at Port Arthur middle school

Published 1:46 pm Monday, October 3, 2022

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Local police, school officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation responded Monday morning to a student kidnapping threat.

Ultimately, leaders at Bob Hope Middle School in Port Arthur said authorities determined the issue to be a scam, but only after a serious response.

On Monday, Bob Hope Middle School officials said a caller contacted a Port Arthur parent and threatened to kidnap her daughter from the school unless a ransom was paid.

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The parent called the police.

The Port Arthur Police Department, together with FBI agents, investigated the incident and determined it to be a scam.

“There was no incident at the campus, and the child is safe,” according to school officials. “Bob Hope School thanks all of the investigating officers for their quick response.”