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Officials: No threat at Katy Junior High after 'explosive device' determined to be busted cellphone

No bomb was found at Katy Junior High Thursday, what was thought to be an "explosive device" was actually a busted cellphone, Katy ISD confirms.

The school was evacuated and police swept the campus after a student reported that another student had brought a possible explosive to school.

Katy ISD sent a letter to parents that read, in part:

"As mentioned, we were informed by a student that another student had made claims to be in possession of what was described as an explosive device.  We now know that a student brought a package to school that appeared to have wires attached to it.  The student claimed that it was a bomb and then discarded the package.  This same student later denied this claim.

"At this time the Katy ISD PD are looking for the discarded package to investigate the matter.

"Students are being monitored by staff during the evacuation and other arrangements will be made for students and staff should they be outside the classroom for an extended period of time today.

According to officials, the gym and the common areas on campus were cleared by Katy ISD police, so the students were moved to those safe areas until police finish investigating. 

Katy sent out a later update shortly before 12:30 p.m. stating that the suspicious device had been located and no threat was involved.

"The device reported by a student as a possible bomb has been located and determined to be a busted cell phone.

"Katy ISD police is now in possession of the cell phone.

"At the moment, students and staff remain in the gym and commons area where they are being provided with lunch and water."