BROWNWOOD, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The man accused of making threats about placing explosives at Brownwood ISD has been identified.
Shane Vernon Bedneau, 25, of Brownwood has been charged with Terroristic Threat and was booked into the Brown County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
A press release from the Brownwood Police Department states the FBI began the investigation Tuesday around 6:00 p.m. after a suspect, later identified as Bedneau, posted a video to social media where he claimed to have placed explosive devices at a Brownwood ISD facility.
“What was the point of saying something like that? What did you gain from that nothing but jail time now.” Says Brownwood mother Alejandra Mata. Expressing her anger over the careless nature in which Bedneau made his threat.
“I don’t feel bad for him because he was intoxicated. there’s no excuse for. You shouldn’t say that period.” Mata says.
That thought on the mind of many Brownwood residents like grandfather Javier Sanchez who says he’s glad the district and the police took action.
“I hope they teach him a lesson. Don’t play with things like that because it worries people.” Says Sanchez.
Bedneau was identified during the investigation then contacted at his place of employment. During a subsequent interview, police say Bedneau, “denied following through with the threat; indicating that he was intoxicated when he posted the video and does not want to hurt anyone.”
Law enforcement worked with school officials throughout the night to search and clear each Brownwood ISD campus. No explosive devices were found.
“We shouldn’t have to be dealing with that stuff that’s what’s frustrating from an educators perspective.” Says BISD head of human resources Doug Bonsal who participated in the sweep.
Bonsal saying the district is taking no chances when it comes to threats on their school. Their exhaustive efforts tiring but necessary.
“It didn’t really appear that there was a lot of substantial threat there but in this world you can’t take any chances with that stuff. Says Bonsal.
School did resume as normal Wednesday morning.