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UNARMED TEEN MADE COMMENTS DURING SCHOOL LOCK-DOWN
A Pearsall Junior High School student was taken into custody after school officials say he made a verbal threat while the campus was locked down due to safety concerns following an unrelated incident in the community on Thursday, September 29.
Pearsall ISD Superintendent Dr. Nobert Rodriguez said last week that a search of the student revealed that he was unarmed.
“Earlier today, a Pearsall Junior High student made a verbal threat while the campus was undergoing a secure alert regarding an incident that occurred in the community,” Dr. Rodriguez noted in a district press release last week. “Although the student was searched and no weapons were found, the student was taken into custody.
“Pearsall ISD takes any and all threats seriously and will take the necessary steps to address these matters.”
Earlier in the day, as part of the district’s emergency management plan, all campuses went into secure-lockout mode after a shooting incident elsewhere in Pearsall.
“Earlier today, Pearsall ISD was alerted of an incident involving shots fired in the community,” the superintendent wrote. “As part of Pearsall ISD’s emergency management plan, all campuses were placed on a secure-lockout mode.
“I would like to thank the parents and students for their patience and understanding regarding our safety procedures implemented to maintain a safe environment for everyone at school.”
As part of its ongoing efforts to provide a secure learning environment for students, the superintendent said the school will routinely conduct safety and security drills on each campus.
“Additionally, we will also conduct frequent checks inside and outside our school facilities,” Dr. Rodriguez said. “We also feel that it is important to keep our school community stakeholders well informed.
“We will continue to work towards ensuring that all of our students have a safe learning environment and that students feel safe at school.”