Security boosted at local high school in response to threat concerns

(Bruceville-Eddy ISD photo/file)
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BRUCEVILLE-EDDY, Texas (KWTX) Security was stepped up Tuesday morning at a Bruceville-Eddy High School in response to concerns over a threat that school officials aren’t sure was even made.

“Please be aware that there has been a concern circulating that one of our High School students has made a threat to our High School, specifically on February 6th, 2018,” Superintendent Richard Kilgore said in a phone message sent to parents last Thursday.

“The administration has investigated and interviewed dozens of students, and law enforcement has been involved as well. There is no documentation that a statement was in fact made,” Kilgore said in the message.

Officials didn’t disclose the nature of the purported threat that sparked the concerns.

Bruceville-Eddy police increased their presence Tuesday on the campus as a precaution.

About a third of the high school's students weren't in class Tuesday, the district said, but it's not clear how many stayed home because of concerns about the purported threat.

About 8 percent of the school's students were absent on Monday, the district said.

Candace Ainsworth, the mother of a kindergartner, kept her daughter home.

"I'm surprised that more actually didn't show up," she said.

"As a parent her well-being is everything to me so she can stay home and miss a day, and catch up tomorrow."

Tiffany Young, a mother of two, sent her children to school:

"I was worried but they are in the intermediate school and the intermediate has locks on the doors."

Rachel Ramirez, a mother of three took her three children to work with her instead of sending them to school.

"So I kept mine just so I know they are safe with me."

"You can't run away from this it's everywhere."