UPDATE (5:28 p.m.)
In an email sent out to parents and guardians Thursday evening, officials with Amarillo ISD provided further comment on Thursday morning’s incident at Caprock High School. The email said the following:
Dear AISD Parents,
We want to take this opportunity to reach out to you about reminding your student how important the “See Something, Say Something” message can be as we all work together on campus safety. We saw it firsthand today after a tip was made about a student with a weapon at Caprock High School. Authorities were able to act quickly to secure the school, and apprehend the suspect… all because someone on campus spoke up. Amarillo ISD Police and Amarillo Police thoroughly searched the Caprock campus and did not find a weapon.
We want to again emphasize the need for continued conversations to reinforce the “If you see something, say something” message. It is one of the most effective ways we can help keep our schools safe. In an emergency, call 911. To report something suspicious, please contact an AISD staff member, police officer, or use the online School Safety First Form which can be found at www.amaisd.org/safety.
As we wrap up the first week of school tomorrow, it’s also a good time to remind you to make sure your student’s school has your updated contact information, including your cell phone number, and that you have opted in to receive text messages. This will help us ensure you receive important notifications and reminders throughout the year.
Parents, we are grateful for your support today and every day as we all work together to put safety first.Amarillo ISD Officials
UPDATE (2:46 p.m.)
The Amarillo Police Department reports the person of interest has been found and all students are safe. Police said they are still investigating the incident.
Amarillo ISD released a statement saying that it received a tip of a student with a weapon on campus and was able to secure the school and apprehend the suspect quickly.
AISD officials said the student did not have a weapon in their possession.
AISD statement in full:
“Earlier today, we received a tip of a student with a weapon on campus at Caprock High School. We were able to quickly act to secure the school, and apprehend the suspect… all because someone on campus spoke up. The suspect did *not* have a weapon in possession. Regardless, it’s important to always investigate these types of situations thoroughly. We want to again emphasize the need for continued conversations to reinforce the “If you see something, say something” message. It is one of the most effective ways we can help keep our schools safe. To report something suspicious, contact an AISD staff member, police officer, or use the online School Safety First Form which can be found at www.amaisd.org/safety. We are grateful to parents and the community for their support and understanding today and every day as we work together to put the safety of our students and staff first.”Amarillo ISD
AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Amarillo Police Department reported on Thursday afternoon that Caprock and Oakdale elementary were on lockdown due to a gun sighting in the area until around 1:30 p.m.
APD on Twitter detailed that they received reports of a man seen with a “gun in waistband” on campus and then walking away from school. APD officers were “actively searching” the area after 1 p.m.
At around 1:30 p.m., the police department said that both Caprock and Oakdale were downgraded to “secure” status, with Oakdale elementary returning to “normal” status by 1:35 p.m.
This is a developing story. MyHighPlains.com will update this article as new information becomes available.
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