School threat in Hays CISD unfounded

By Brittany Anderson
A photo of a threat that was initially believed to be towards Hays CISD schools circulated on social media on Dec. 6.
In the photo, the person threatened a shooting and a bombing, but the school allegedly targeted was not specified.
School administrators were notified shortly after the social media post by members of the community and law enforcement officers began investigating the credibility of the threat.
In an email sent to parents of students in every school in the district, Hays CISD chief communications officer Tim Savoy said that the current status of the investigation is that the threat has not produced evidence that the original post has anything to do with HCISD campuses, but that they “treat each potential threat as real.”
Hays High School principal David Pierce said in an email to parents that while the school takes all threats very seriously, the post appears to be “a post, of a post, of a post” and that the threat is not specific to any HCISD school.
However, as a precaution and to show solidarity, Pierce said there would be an increased law enforcement presence on campus on Dec. 7.
Pierce also thanked everyone who alerted administrators in the district of the post, as well as law enforcement officers for investigating.
“Seeing these types of posts and learning about them is both scary and frustrating,” Pierce wrote. “And, even though they seem to be occurring with more frequency in recent months, I want you to know that we are not desensitized to them. Each one is treated with equal vigor and gravity.”

 

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Brittany Anderson graduated from Texas State University in August 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She previously worked at KTSW 89.9, Texas State University's radio station, for nearly two years in the web content department as a writer and assistant manager. She has reported for the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch since July 2021.

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