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1 detained after 'loud bang' at Mexia ISD campus

Mexia ISD added that classes will be canceled at Mexia High School on Tuesday.

MEXIA, Texas — Nobody was injured after reports of a "loud bang" was heard from a bathroom at a Mexia ISD campus late Monday morning, according to the school district.

In a news release before 5 p.m., Mexia ISD said after the reported "bang," school staff and officials immediately reacted and placed Mexia High School on lockdown, as well as called local law enforcement.

Minutes after police arrived at the school, officers were able to detain a person of interest, Mexia ISD said. Officers continued to sweep through the school to make sure everyone was safe and there were no other threats, the district added.

While this was happening, Mexia ISD also placed its other campuses and buildings on lockdowns, which has since been lifted.

Mexia ISD said the high school will remain closed on Tuesday to allow law enforcement to continue their investigation.

City Manager Eric Garretty, who was serving as the spokesperson for Mexia ISD, said did not say if the person of interest was a student, but said they aren't a suspect at this time. 

Garretty added that authorities found bullet holes in a boys bathroom, but nobody reported hearing gunshots. He did say a weapon was found on campus, but didn't confirm it was a gun.

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Mexia ISD releases statement about "incident" on Monday, May 16, 2022.

At the time this was happening, Mexia ISD notified parents on social media that its campuses and buildings were placed on lockdown "until further notice" because of an "incident."

Mexia ISD did not say there was an active shooter situation, however, Groesbeck ISD's Superintendent Dr. James Cowley posted on Twitter at 11:41 a.m. and claimed there was a shooter on a Mexia ISD campus.

Groesbeck ISD also posted about an active shooter situation on its Facebook page.

However, Mexia ISD said later the incident was a "loud bang."  Authorities did find bullet holes in a boys bathroom, but Garretty stressed nobody reported hearing gunshots at the school. Garretty added that a weapon was recovered, but he didn't describe the weapon.

Stay with 6 News as this story develops.

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