Amarillo ISD: No threat to students after working with APD to investigate

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AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — On Friday, April 9, the Amarillo Police Department and Amarillo ISD said they worked together to address potential threats involving students.

APD said it investigated all leads and increased its presence at Amarillo ISD high schools. Meanwhile, AISD released more information Friday afternoon, saying there was no threat.

The district said earlier this week, it became aware of information spreading on social media about a possible threat to Amarillo High School on Friday, April 9, but did not disclose the nature of that threat.

In a statement Friday, the district said in part: “The student who is allegedly responsible for the threat has not been at school and appropriate actions have been taken to ensure the safety of everyone involved, including this individual.”

Friday morning, AISD said the district informed AHS parents and let them know about additional social media activity. AISD said it referenced threats of potential self-harm tied to multiple high schools in the Amarillo area.

The district said it immediately took steps to address the situation and has been working closely with APD.

AISD’s statement continued: “We have also been in contact with parents of students believed to have been involved in the talk of self-harm and we believe those students are safe. We have no reason to believe there is any threat to our school, but as a precaution, there is increased police presence at Amarillo High School today and at each of our high school campuses…”

Cpl. Jeb Hilton with APD said any time they have a threat to a school, they take it seriously.

“Even after the rumored threats have been investigated, our department likes to have a higher presence at as many schools as possible to hopefully let the students and parents feel better and show that we do take these seriously,” Cpl. Hilton said.

Amarillo ISD also encouraged everyone, especially students, who see or hear something concerning on social media or anywhere else to report it to a school administrator or the police.

The district also said it takes every threat seriously and will continue to remain vigilant about campus security.

Read Amarillo ISD’s full statement below:

Earlier this week we became aware of information spreading on social media about a possible threat to Amarillo High School for today, Friday, April 9. This morning, we shared with Amarillo High parents that information and also let them know of additional social media activity referencing threats of potential self-harm tied to multiple high schools in the Amarillo area. When we learned of this activity, we immediately took steps to address the situation and have been working closely with police. The student who is allegedly responsible for the threat has not been at school and appropriate actions have been taken to ensure the safety of everyone involved, including this individual.

We have also been in contact with parents of students believed to have been involved in the talk of self harm and we believe those students are safe. We have no reason to believe there is any threat to our school, but as a precaution, there is increased police presence at Amarillo High School today and at each of our high school campuses. We take every threat seriously and we will remain vigilant about campus security. We appreciate extra eyes and ears helping us do that and we encourage anyone, especially students, who see or hear something concerning on social media or anywhere else to report that information to a school administrator or to police.


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