THORNDALE, Texas (KXAN) — The Thorndale Independent School District in Milam County said it canceled classes Wednesday after threatening comments were made on social media.
Schools have since been cleared by law enforcement, according to Superintendent Adam Ivy, and no threat was found. Law enforcement determined the threat was made online by a minor in Thorndale who is not a student in the district.
School is still canceled for Wednesday, but classes are set to resume as normal Thursday.
In a letter posted to the district’s Facebook Wednesday morning, Ivy told the community the threat was sent to a student on Snapchat who reported it to their parents. The parents alerted the district which began working with law enforcement to investigate.
Ivy said the district decided to cancel all classes Wednesday at 5 a.m. out of “an abundance of caution.”
“Please know that we never want to cancel school if we can help it and that we will use this experience to plan for potential emergencies so that we can hopefully work to avoid canceling in the future,” Ivy wrote in the letter.
This is one of a slew of threats that have been reported against Texas schools in the past 24 hours. On Tuesday, two schools in the Austin area were either put on hold or upped security, including Pflugerville ISD’s Connally High School.
PfISD Police determined the report of a shooter on campus was false.
While no threat was found at Thorndale ISD, parents like Betsy Martinez say Wednesday was a wake-up call of sorts. She says when she takes her boys to school, the thought of a future threat will be in the back of her mind.
“Dropping off my kids, I’m going to be thinking that I hope we don’t have another threat like that,” said Martinez.
Thorndale’s Chief of Police says charges will likely be filed against the minor that made the threat against the district. He could not specify what crimes exactly they could be facing in the near future.