After a video was found circulating social media mentioning threats to schools in the area on Friday, over 90% of Uvalde pupils were picked up from school early by their parents or guardians, Said district.
“These threats have caused families in our school district significant discomfort,” said Anne Marie Espinoza, a representative for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School system.
The posters, which included a person with a pistol, were first spotted on Friday; they came from Del Rio, Texas, a city 70 miles west of Uvalde, Texas; and they were directed at numerous school districts, including those in Uvalde, Del Rio, and Eagle Pass.
The threats were investigated all day by multiple police departments, who came to the same conclusion: they are not credible. “Unfortunately, as the anniversary of the Uvalde tragedy approaches, we will see more people wanting to scare and disrupt our schools,” the San Felipe Del Rio CISD said in a press release.
Uvalde resident Gladys Gonzales brought up her second-grade daughter after hearing about the threats made against the school. When she was hauled up, there were supposedly only a few other pupils remained in class.
Her other daughter, a survivor of the mass sh*oting at Robb Elementary School, did not attend classes on Friday.“It is nerve-racking every time there are threats,” Gonzales told ABC News. “Law enforcement need to take it serious every time. The fear is real.”
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The Uvalde school district also called off a pep event scheduled for May 12 due to the posts. To ensure that the remaining 10% of pupils would not return to an empty house without adult supervision, the district did not implement early release.
“I think that fear is always going to be there and as much as we try to prepare ourselves, you can never be too safe,” said Gonzales. Uvalde is still in shock nearly a year after a horrific massacre in which 19 pupils and two teachers lost their lives, as evidenced by the huge evacuation from schools on a Friday afternoon.
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Over 90% of Uvalde students were picked up early by their parents or guardians from school Friday after a video was discovered circulating social media referencing threats to schools in the area, the district said. https://t.co/TcvnCo4yGh
— ABC News (@ABC) May 12, 2023
Gary Patterson, the interim superintendent in Uvalde, has issued a statement claiming that incidents of this nature are increasingly common. On May 5, the district learned of a second Snapchat threat that had its origins in Florida.
Patterson claimed the message was made to cause chaos rather than actual danger at school. “We cannot afford to take anything for granted,” said Patterson in a statement about the most recent threat. “We expect social media threats to increase as we near our one-year date.”
The Uvalde Independent School District has already decided to terminate the school year a few days early, so on the anniversary of the atrocity, the schools will be empty.
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