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UPDATE: Bomb threat made at Lindale HS, student arrested

Sara Elizabeth Carsen. Photo Source: Smith County Sara Elizabeth Carsen. Photo Source: Smith County

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LINDALE, TX (KLTV) - Quick action by law enforcement Friday morning leads to the arrest of the young woman they say made a bomb threat to an East Texas high school.

Authorities evacuated students at Lindale High School around 9:30 Friday morning.

The response was very swift in this case. Law enforcement took the threat seriously.

Authorities say several students at the high school received text messages that said a bomb would go off in the high school gym. They immediately evacuated the school, and, after a brief investigation, no bomb was found.

Law enforcement traced the text messages back to 18-year old Sara Carsen's phone. Carsen admitted to Smith County constables that the messages were a hoax.

She is being charged with Making a Terroristic Threat which is a 3rd degree felony.

The constables said they took the threat seriously in light of other recent East Texas bomb threats.

"You don't ever know, with all of the stuff going on at the post office and stuff like that, you just don't know," said Dennis Taylor, a Smith County Constable for Precinct 5.

There is no evidence to connect Carsen with the series of postal threats that Constable Taylor referred to, but it is clear those incidents had responders on edge.

Carsen remains in the Smith County Jail on a $20,000 bond Friday night.

We checked with ATF again Friday for the latest on the Molotov cocktails and pipe bomb scares. So far, authorities have confirmed that 11 suspicious devices have been found outside of East Texas post offices. Just Thursday, officials found what looked like a pipe bomb outside the post office in Troup. Friday, ATF investigators said it was, in fact, a "hoax device".

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