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Threatening text message causes school lockdown



DALLAS — A juvenile who threatened to “shoot up” a Dallas school on Oct. 18, causing a lockdown, had no intentions of following through on that threat, police said.

Police said a teen-aged student received a threatening text message Oct. 18 and district staff notified Dallas Police. The juvenile who sent the message is not a student and was not at the campus when the threat was made, police said.

“The suspect juvenile made a statement indicating they would ‘shoot up’ the school the student was at,” said a Dallas Police press release about the incident.

The district placed its schools under access restriction to control who came into or left from the school buildings.

The release said police responded to the involved school, but did not identify which school. Officers were sent to other schools in the district, as well.

Dallas Police confirmed the lockdown and threat at 12:47 p.m. on Facebook.

“There was a specific threat to one of our schools made by a specific person today,” wrote on Oct. 18 Dallas Lt. Jerry Mott. “The suspect was NOT on campus at any of the schools and is in contact with police now.”

All of our children are safe and the schools will begin releasing the lock down status,” Mott added.

Officers found the juvenile suspect at a residence just outside of Dallas. After locating the suspect, police determined the schools were safe and the district lifted lockdowns at about noon.

“Investigation determined the suspect juvenile did not intend to carry out a school shooting and had made the statement while frustrated,” the release said.

The juvenile suspect will be referred to the Polk County Juvenile Department, police said.

Dallas Superintendent Michelle Johnstone sent a message to parents after the incident was over, thanking Dallas police for its quick response to the potential threat.

“Student safety is our number one priority!” Johnstone wrote in a message linked to a Dallas Police Department Facebook update on the incident. “Thank you, Dallas Police Department for the rapid response and supports that were put in place.”

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office assisted Dallas officers with this event.

“Without their help, this would not have been resolved as quickly as it was,” the release said.



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