ARCHER COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — A Holliday man is jailed in Archer County after a bomb threat investigation at the Holliday schools on Thursday afternoon brought evacuations of all facilities.
Corby Wayne Sissom, 56, is charged with the offenses of terroristic threat and obstruction, and retaliation. He is currently being held in the Archer County Jail bonds totaling $195,000.
Sissom was arrested after local and federal agencies investigated a credible bomb threat at campuses in the Holliday Independent School District.
According to officials, the investigation began at Holliday High School, then at Holliday Middle School, and the district’s elementary school. Authorities said they also checked the district’s bus barn and stadium.
Agencies involved in the investigation included the Holliday Police Department, the Archer County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and Explosive, and the Denton County Bomb Squad.
According to authorities, the bomb threat was reported around noon on Thursday, August 10, 2023. Holliday ISD Superintendent Cody Carroll said the suspect had an ATF license and access to explosives, so the threat was taken very seriously.
Holliday police Chief Kayla Stevens was called by a Holliday principal stating a school employee told her that her husband had received a text from Sissom about a bomb threat. The principal said she was concerned because teachers were in all schools preparing for a meet-the-teacher event at 6 p.m., and parents and students would be there then.
According to arrest affidavits, after speaking to the employee Stevens said she became concerned because she knew Sissom had an ATF license and access to explosives and had recently been involved in criminal activity.
Archer County Sheriff Jack Curd also said Sissom had a recent arrest in Montague County for evading.
The man who received the text message told authorities he did not report it immediately because he was with Sissom shortly after it was sent and he did not think Sissom posed a threat, but was using the message to distract law enforcement from his current activities.
Chief Stevens said the exact message Sissom sent was “Have Dalton phone in a bomb threat at the school.”
Officials said extra security will be in place by the Holliday PD and the ACSO on Friday, August 11, and throughout the following week.
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