Bomb scare linked to teacher arrested for alleged inappropriate behavior with student
POSTED: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 9:27pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 9:33pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — A bomb scare prompted the shut down of several streets in West El Paso today.
It all happened around 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon on Saratoga street. Police thought they had found explosives in a home. That home was owned by the family of an Andress high school teacher who was arrested earlier in the day.
Law enforcement agencies act quickly and evacuate the surrounding neighborhood. Homeland Security Investigators and El Paso ISD police were searching the home as part of a federal search warrant.
"Regarding an ongoing investigation into a teacher employed by the El Paso Independent School District," said Chris Mears with El Paso Police Department.
That Andress High School teacher is Bobby French Junior. Earlier in the week EPISD police reassigned him as they investigated and later arrested him for his alleged inappropriate relationships with a student.
Chris Valadez has lived in that neighborhood for 20 years.
"That is surprising to me. If indeed it was an explosive, it could have caused harm to the next door, to my house, to the neighbors here and the corner across the street," said Valadez.
But Valadez says he's seen commotion at that house before. The original owner and now deceased Bobby French senior had a violent history.
El Paso County records indicate he had numerous felonies for child endangerment, something Valadez remembers years ago.
"I was out watering one day while the children were out playing in the street and I guess he was upset. He launched one of the children towards where the car was, so I made a call to the police," said Valadez.
After a few hours, the El Paso PD calmed the neighbors' nerves. The bomb squad was no longer needed.
"Fortunately there was no danger to anyone because there weren't any explosive devices," said Mears.
We did come across the teacher's website and learned he taught business information management classes at Andress High. He says he went to El Paso High School, and graduated from New Mexico State. He then returned to El Paso High to teach and has been teaching for six years, ending up at Andress.