Update 12:05 p.m.
Highland Park HS sent out a text alert stating that another threatening note had been found Thursday morning. The text read “Another threatening note was found at HPHS. We have no reason to believe it is a credible threat. We are continuing with the school day. Armed police and FBI agents are on campus and have determined that it is secure and safe. See www.hpsid.org for more information.” There is now a $7500 reward for more information. Parents are planning a meeting for Thursday evening to discuss the threats. It will be held at the La Madeline restaurant, located at 3072 Mockingbird Lane, beginning at 7 p.m.
HIGHLAND PARK (CBSDFW.COM) — The FBI has joined University Park Police in investigating a series of threats that have been made at Highland Park High School over the past two months.
On Wednesday, a box of .22 caliber shells was found in a boys restroom, prompting a lockdown and subsequent early release of all students. This came just one day after a threatening note was found in a different restroom, which also forced the early release of students and staff.
School officials confirm that three similar hand-written notes were discovered in bathrooms on campus in January.
“What they don’t realize is that making a threat like that is a federal violation — and that gets you in a world of hurt,” says Danny Coulson, a retired Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI. “First of all, it brings the FBI in, and they’ll find out who did this and there could be very serious consequences.”
Authorities are reviewing video surveillance captured just outside of the boys restroom. The FBI is assisting with a forensic analysis of the evidence.
“They have taken the notes and the bullets,” said University Park Police Captain Leon Holman. “They will do a psychological profile I’m sure. They will also be testing the notes and the bullets for fingerprints and DNA.”
School officials are treating Thursday as a normal school day, with a few exceptions. In addition to an increased security presence on campus, students needing to use the restroom must be escorted by school staff.
“Obviously the safety of students is very important to us, but this has been extremely disruptive,” said district superintendent Dr. Dawson Orr. “Our kids are feeling the pressure of being out of class, being behind. Our goal is to have as normal a school day as possible.”
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