Harper ISD cancels class after ‘threat’
Harper Independent School District cancelled Tuesday classes after an anonymous terroristic threat was received via the school’s message system, school officials announced later that day.
The terroristic threat was directed at Harper High School. After the district was notified of the threat on Monday evening, school officials implemented its emergency operations plan and cancelled Tuesday classes.
A student was named in the threat and was interviewed with their parent by Gillespie County Sheriff’s Department deputies. However, the student did not make the threats that were received.
After the interview, officers determined there was no credible threat and sought to find out where the anonymous threat originated.
School officials made the decision to cancel classes prior to officers completing the interview with the student, Sheriff Buddy Mills said.
But Superintendent Chris Stevenson said student safety was the most important thing in his decision. He released a statement regarding the incident:
“The district appreciates the cooperation and understanding of parents, Harper ISD faculty and staff and community members during this investigation. The district also extends its thankfulness to the professionalism and diligence of the law enforcement units and personnel in helping to ensure the safety of our students.”
Harper ISD resumed normal operations on Wednesday, Nov. 29 and extracurricular activities scheduled for Tuesday evening proceeded as scheduled.