KILLEEN, Texas — Manor Middle School students and staff were evacuated from the school campus Wednesday after a verbal threat of violence was made. According to Killeen Independent School District, all students are safe and the scene is now all clear
Parents were originally asked to not come to campus to pick up students until the school was cleared by the police.
Killeen ISD sent a safety message to parents about the incident Wednesday afternoon.
The statement said in part, "KISD Police immediately responded and alerted Killeen Police. At this time, all students and staff members are safe. Police are still investigating the threat and have not allowed us to return to the building. We will continue to work with all law enforcement as they investigate the threat of violence."
Once the scene was clear, the following message was sent to parents.
"This is Killeen ISD with an update on the situation at Manor Middle School.
Killeen ISD Police, Killeen Police, and campus administration aggressively investigated and determined that the threat was unfounded. Students will now be released to return to the building, and we will begin releasing students for the day. Parents, it is now safe to come to the campus to pick up your students, bus riders will be late getting home," the message said. "Our students must understand that we are serious about school safety and any students making or spreading false, unverified threats, against our schools will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. These false rumors spark fear among students and families, cause severe disruption to the learning environment, and will not be tolerated. The safety of every student, every day, is our very highest priority. Please be absolutely assured that we work closely with police to investigate any potential threat to the safety of our students and we always deal aggressively with any such report. We are grateful for the quick response from our law enforcement partners."
The safety and security of all students and staff are KISD's top priority, the district said.
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