After several area elementary schools and central offices received an anonymous email threatening mass violence on April 24, the district will take extra precautionary measures at all of its campuses.
Although the email did not target a particular school, many districts are not taking their chances.
“While police have said this threat is not considered credible, we continue to stay on high alert and are taking the situation seriously,” Superintendent Brian Gottardy said in a letter sent home to all students on Thursday.
According to the Express News, the threatening single-paragraph email contained misspellings, saying “You won’t see day lights no more”. The self-proclaimed “San Antonio serial killer” indicated that a mass shooting would take place between 9:45 a.m. and 10:50 a.m. Thursday.
“Due to extra precautionary measures being taken, events during the school day tomorrow will be modified or canceled at elementary schools,” Gottardy said. “We will limit the number of visitors to all NEISD campuses.”
All district schools will be considered “closed campuses” which means that only students enrolled at their schools, faculty and staff are allowed on school grounds. There will be limited visitation and all outsiders will have to check in at the main office to receive identification badges.
In spite of heightened security, some parents are choosing to not send their students to school.
“We actually had fair warning which so many others never got in these types of situations, Naima Bachelor, an area parent, said. “I am going to do what I can do to keep [my child] safe and send him back to school as normal after.”
Gottardy said there will be police present at every one of NEISD schools and that administrators, teachers and staff are working together to ensure the safety of students, staff and community.
“Trust your school’s administration and staff,” Chris Martinez, another area parent, said. “My wife is a first grade teacher and I can tell you with absolute certainty that she would never let any harm come to her ‘kids’.”