News 8's Bonnie Gonzalez filed the following report.
An Internet safety breach caused Tuesday’s evacuation of Deerpark Middle School and Live Oak Elementary. About 1,600 students were evacuated from both schools.
Officials with Round Rock Independent School District said Thursday, the online bomb threat came from a suspect in Saudi Arabia. Officials also said the incident could’ve been avoided if students had followed proper Internet safety procedures.
The threat came when a juvenile suspect from Saudi Arabia became Facebook friends with several students from Deerpark Middle School. They said the suspect had access to students’ personal information including cell phone numbers, and used those tools to threaten the students.
The Williamson County Sherriff’s Office said the suspect was never in the United States during any of the threats.
Investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation are continuing to look into the incident.
In a letter to parents, Round Rock ISD suggests parents vigilantly monitor their children’s activities on the Internet and on social networking sites.
Proper Internet safety guidelines:
• Never give out any personal information to anyone on the Internet (including name, address, phone, age, friend's names, school location, etc.)
• Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with anyone you have met on the Internet.
• Parents should search and monitor their child's social networking accounts. Make sure your child's online "friends" are people they actually know.
• Always maintain access to your child's online account and randomly check his/her e-mail. Be upfront with them about your access and the reasons why.
• Make sure you understand how your children are using the computer, what Web sites they are visiting, and who they are communicating with online.
• Never upload (post) pictures of yourself, or your friends/family, on the Internet or send to anyone you do not know personally.
• Periodically check your child's cell phone use and text messages to see who your child is communicating with.
• For additional safety tips visit onguardonline.gov
• Please use this opportunity to speak with your child about Internet safety and we too will be revisiting these tips with our students during the school day.