Students across Central Texas staged walkouts on Wednesday afternoon to bring awareness to gun violence in schools. At Dripping Springs High School, the front courtyard of the school was full of students protesting, some with signs that read: “So when will enough really be enough.” The poster had photos of the students killed in the Florida school shooting. Despite the rain, the students gathered to speak about their concerns and what kind of action they want to see. Around 200 students protested. view article arw

Texas school districts must complete a safety audit and establish an emergency plan within 45 days, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday in reaction to the shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school.  Abbott said the school districts that do not complete the audit and plan will be listed on the Texas Education Agency's website. view article arw

Amid concerns after recent threats and the shooting massacre in Florida, Houston ISD and local law enforcement are taking extra steps to increase campus security. Houston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza was joined by HPD Chief Art Acevedo and Harris Co. Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. "We've asked all schools to review their emergency plans," Carranza said. view article arw

A Pasadena high school freshman has returned to her home campus after her lawyer and family said school officials attempted to "criminalize" her after she exhibited symptoms of a medical issue they failed to recognize. "The Pasadena ISD's behavior throughout this process has been outrageous," St. Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston said at a press conference Wednesday. view article arw

A teenager was arrested this week in Floydada after making a threat against his former high school. There have been several threats like this made at area schools, but this was the first arrest made. According to the Floydada ISD superintendent, when it comes to threats toward the school, following protocol is key. That is exactly what students, staff and law enforcement did when they found out about a Snapchat that had the caption "school shooter." view article arw

All Beaumont ISD secondary campuses will have lockdown intruder drills this week, the district said in a notice to parents. view article arw

Four Alvin ISD students were removed from campus and now face legal and school consequences after authorities said they made threatening statements Wednesday. A Manvel High School student and an Alvin High School student each were removed from campus after making the threats, authorities said. view article arw

An email sent to parents Wednesday by College Station Superintendent Clark Ealy noted two more social media threats have been made against College Station high schools. Ealy wrote that a threat had been made against A&M Consolidated High School and another had been made against College Station High School this week. In both incidents, police have identified those who made the threats and have taken action. Police have assured district staff that College Station schools are safe, Ealy wrote in the email. view article arw

Less than a week after a 19-year-old shot and killed 17 of his classmates at a Florida high school, Silsbee ISD teachers watched a video of a mock school shooting play out on a screen in their auditorium. The district decided last week to spend part of Monday's staff workday on a two-hour active shooter training session, discussing their emergency plans and watching training videos. view article arw

Officials with the Boerne Independent School District announced today that an individual at Boerne Middle School South was diagnosed with Tuberculosis. view article arw

Officials with the Boerne Independent School District announced today that an individual at Boerne Middle School South was diagnosed with Tuberculosis. The district did not say whether it was a student, teacher, or another staff member who had contracted the lung disease. They did say the individual was currently "under medical care and supervision" in an open letter sent to parents Wednesday. view article arw

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the names of the two young men who were arrested in connection with making potential terroristic threats toward the Big Sandy Dallardsville independent school district.  One of the suspects allegedly said he was going to come to Big Sandy High School the next day and shoot it up if the basketball team lost its game Tuesday night.  Chief Deputy Byron Lyons with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said that Isaiah Adam Thompson, 18, and Aaron Thompson, 17, were each charged with terroristic threat. view article arw

A 14-year-old female student, who said she made the post as a joke, was behind the message suggesting she would shoot up North Belton Middle School, according to an update from Temple Police. The Temple Police Department said it had completed a felony criminal investigation into her actions and forwarded the findings to the Bell County District Attorney's Office. Belton ISD officials have been handling the administrative portion of the investigation, and any school-related punishment would be at their discretion.  view article arw

A Pasadena ISD student, who was suspended for allegedly using drugs after she fainted in class, returned to school. Jazmin Garcia, 15, was suspended in January from Pasadena Memorial High School for being under the influence of an unidentified substance. view article arw

Patrick Brian Kennedy, 43, a broadcast journalism teacher at Prosper High School, was arrested Monday, jail records show. He bonded out of the Collin County jail Tuesday. view article arw

According to the Floydada Police Department, 18-year-old Noah Sarabia was arrested and charged with terroristic threat after threatening to shoot up the high school. The police department was notified today by the Floydada H.S. staff of the threats. view article arw

A Donna Independent School District teacher has resigned after being accused of soliciting sex from an undercover agent posing as a minor. Fidel Castillo Jr., 47, of Donna was charged with online solicit of a minor sexual conduct, a second-degree felony, on Saturday. Castillo, a teacher at Donna Independent School District, submitted his resignation on Monday, said Sandra Quintanilla, a spokeswoman for the district. view article arw

At first glance, it appears to be a school bus that's seen its fair share of better days. But an even closer look is disturbing for some parents and students in Galveston ISD who said the visible rust is enough to be alarmed. Doesn't look very safe to me. My kids don't take the bus, not very often. But they do go on school events. Yeah, I'd like them to be a lot safer," Phil Morisset said. view article arw

Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath ordering immediate action to ensure the safety of children in Texas schools following the tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week. In the letter, Governor Abbott outlines a number of steps to be taken by state education leaders to help respond to and prevent such tragedies.  view article arw

Safety message from Floresville ISD

February 2207:45 AM
 

Floresville Independent School District (FISD) parents and community, After the recent school shooting in Florida, I know that you may be concerned about the safety of your children while they are at school. I want to reassure you that safety and security has been and continues to be a priority at FISD. Our staff is my family and your children are our children; we work every day to provide a safe and secure environment for both. This week, the District Leadership Team met and discussed the importance of reminding staff to be vigilant — keeping our eyes and our ears open at all times, checking to ensure doors and entrances are secure, ensuring visitors have passes and reporting anything out of the ordinary. I want to share with you some of the things the district has in place to make sure your children are safe at our campuses. view article arw

El Paso police are urging the public that posting and sharing messages about school threats is not a joke. Police spokesman Sgt. Robert Gomez said the department is aware of 13 different threats made to area schools, 11 of those were circulating on social media. Since the deadly shooting in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo said the department has made four arrests related to threats. He would not say if those arrested were students, and would not say what they're charged with.  view article arw

The Brownsville Independent School District is taking a new approach to how they react to mass school shootings. BISD Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas met with dozens of high school students to get their input. She asked them what needs to be done so they can feel safe at school. One suggestion from students included using I.D. badges that must be scanned whenever a student leaves or enters a building. view article arw

In response to the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead and the recent arrest of an A&M Consolidated High School student who was charged with threatening on social media to commit a mass shooting, superintendents with the Bryan and College Station school districts have reached out to parents to explain security measures taken against potential threats. On Sunday, College Station Superintendent Clark Ealy sent an email to parents addressing the Friday arrest of the Consol student who, according to police, made a credible threat to the public over social media. view article arw

Sheldon ISD say a social media threat against C.E. King Middle School led to extra security precautions on campus early Tuesday. District officials say students will be checked for prohibitive items as they arrive for school. Law enforcement will be on hand as staff looks over the students. view article arw

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is expected to begin reopening in phases in an attempt to have all students and staff back by next Tuesday — nearly two weeks after the shooting that left 17 people dead. Broward County Public Schools officials announced Tuesday staff members will return to campus Friday at 8 a.m. The day is set to be dedicated to their needs and will include “a variety of support services," officials said. view article arw

Less than a week after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, parents and staff convened here to discuss their concerns and ideas for making local schools safer. McAllen school district Superintendent Jose A. Gonzalez held a town hall meeting Tuesday night, a move prompted by both the Florida shooting and threats McAllen students posted to social media late last week. view article arw

Extra security will be in place Wednesday at Big Sandy Independent School District after law enforcement received information about potential threats to the Polk County school. Two unidentified suspects have been taken into custody for terroristic threats, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Further information on the potential threats of violence involving the Dallardsville campus was not immediately available. view article arw

Officers with the Lufkin ISD Police Department arrested high school student Tevin Dewayne Sanders in October 2016 for allegedly coming up behind a teacher who was working late and putting a cord in front of her neck. His trial begins 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. The teen is facing first-degree felony charges of assault on a public servant. view article arw

Officers with the Kirbyville Police Department arrested an 18-year-old high school student last week after he allegedly defended the suspect in the recent mass shooting incident at a Florida high school and said that he wanted to kill everyone. Michael W. Wilson, of Kirbyville, was arrested and charged with third-degree felony terroristic threat. He has since been released after he posted a bail amount of $5,000. view article arw

A 17-year-old Krum High School student was charged with making a false report Tuesday after she made threats on social media over the weekend,  according to Krum police. Dalayna Madison Stanford was booked into Denton County Jail about 2 a.m. Tuesday in lieu of $10,000 bail. She has since been released, jail records show.   view article arw

Littlefield and O'Donnell ISD have both seen threatening posts on social media in the aftermath of the Florida shooting, and both schools took it seriously. Officials confirm no viable threat on either campus, but there was a heightened police presence around Littlefield schools on Tuesday. view article arw

Police officers will be on a Copperas Cove ISD campus tomorrow after a threat made to the school Tuesday afternoon. In an email sent to several parents, the district said that the phone call was received at SC Lee Junior High School making a possible threat to campus. view article arw

Harlingen: Keeping kids safe

February 2108:25 AM
 

The superintendent of schools cannot enter a classroom in the district without knocking first. The doors are locked for student safety, and can only be opened by the teacher inside the classroom. view article arw

A spokesperson for San Antonio's largest school district said that, while there's been an increase in the number of threats made against schools since the Florida shooting, there's been an even greater increase in the number of students and parents reporting suspicious activity. Northside Independent School District spokesman Barry Perez said after the shooting at a Florida high school that claimed the lives of 17 students, students and parents are taking the "see something, say something" motto seriously. view article arw

In the wake of the Florida school shooting, the Gunter Independent School District says it wants to be better prepared. The school is asking parents and community members for input in preparing for a worst-case scenario. view article arw