Social media threat raises alarms at area schools
(KTEN) — Gunter, Howe, Van Alystne, Whitewright and Celina schools reacted to a potential threat made on social media Thursday morning.
The Fannin County Sheriff's Office arrested a suspect after a Facebook video was shared that showed someone planning to shoot up a non-specific elementary school. The suspect was said to have had previous residency in the Celina area.
While authorities said there was no direct threat made to any campus, districts wanted to maintain their secure status until law enforcement gave the all-clear.
"Basically the school is locked down; nobody was allowed to leave or come into the school, but inside the school business is conducted as usual," said Jeff Burge, director of safety and security for the Van Alystne Independent School District. "Classes still resume, students are not allowed to leave, and parents aren't allowed to come in."
The suspect's video did not mention any details on where he wanted to go and shoot.
"We take the safety of our students and staff very seriously; it's our highest priority," Burge said. "When I first got word that they were looking for this suspect and what he had posted on social media, we immediately contacted our campus admins."
The investigation into the incident is ongoing.