Alarmed dad and mom laid siege to a Texas highschool Tuesday after a classroom capturing report that finally proved to be false.
The siege at Thomas Jefferson Excessive College in San Antonio started about 1 p.m. Tuesday after police obtained a name of a doable capturing in progress on the college, in line with a police assertion. The college was positioned on lockdown as officers entered and commenced clearing the campus however discovered no proof of an energetic menace or capturing.
“Our division and San Antonio Police Division established there was no capturing, however then we needed to do a methodical search room by room with our strike groups,” mentioned Chief Johnny Reyes of the San Antonio Unbiased College District police. “We went to the place the place they mentioned the capturing had occurred and we have been capable of rapidly set up that no capturing had occurred.”
As an alternative, some college students have been discovered to have had an altercation, however they denied having or displaying a weapon at any level, Reyes mentioned.
However frightened college students already had made alarming phone calls to their dad and mom, who descended en masse on the college the place 29 college district officers and 58 metropolis cops have been readily available.
One man shoved his fist via a window in an effort to achieve entry to the college, lacerating his arm. Police utilized a tourniquet to that arm. Others have been handcuffed and detained after bodily scuffling with officers, however there have been no fast experiences of arrests.
CBS San Antonio affiliate KENS-TV obtained video, from inside the college, exhibiting officers sweeping lecture rooms ensuring college students and employees have been protected.
Nehemiah Fernandez, a 14-year-old freshman at Jefferson, was in a category.
“Out of nowhere we simply hear lockdown,” he instructed KENS. Lockdown.”
Fernandez mentioned when the college as locked down, his classroom door was locked and the lights have been turned off.
“We simply received to the aspect of the classroom by the wall,” he mentioned. “All of us sat down. I need to say half-hour go by, we see two cops come within the door with massive heavy weapons. It was loopy.”
He texted his mother, Amanda Lara, to let her know he was protected.
“I do perceive dad and mom panicking, scared and nervous particularly after the Uvalde capturing,” the mother mentioned.
However she did not go to the college.
The scare was the most recent in a wave of such incidents sincethat killed 19 youngsters and two lecturers. The same panic occurred at Heights Excessive College in Houston on Sept. 13 after the college obtained a menace. Threats final week additionally prompted college shutdowns at districts close to Austin and Houston and in California, Massachusetts, Florida, Arkansas, Oregon, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma.
San Antonio district Superintendent Jaime Aquino mentioned the district wanted to search out higher methods to speak with dad and mom in actual time. “I am assuming that if we had not had Uvalde, maybe we might not have the response of the dad and mom. So we simply have to grasp that,” he mentioned.