AISD holds meeting after 3 threats at same high school in a week

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Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating the third threat against Reagan Early College High School in a week, and Tuesday night school officials met with parents to address concerns.

“It’s very frightening,” said Tracy Needom, whose son is a freshman at Reagan. “There’s been no real information so hopefully I’ll get some information this evening.”

On Monday night another alleged threat was made against the school at 7104 Berkman Dr., according to Austin Independent School District. Law enforcement didn’t find anything, but there is an increased presence of AISD police on campus. The campus followed a regular schedule Tuesday.

Previously, there had been an unfounded threat against the school last Wednesday as well as a bomb threat on Monday morning. In both instances, nothing was found on campus, but students did have a two-hour delay Monday as officials investigated.

Representatives from the police department, school administration and counseling team were at the parent meeting Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Yasmin, who has a freshman son at Reagan, came out of the meeting pleased to hear about everything teachers and campus police are doing.

She was extremely touched by something the school principal told parents.

“The principal said our teachers would stand up and make sure each of your kids are safe — I mean how heartbreaking is that?” said Yasmin. “That is something the teachers have to consider when coming to school.”

She said school officials also told parents some of the threats were directed at one person on campus.

The mom also said some parents asked why they didn’t receive a second alert Monday during the two-hour delay once the campus was deemed safe.

KXAN asked the AISD police chief about the district’s communication to parents, and if he would have done anything differently. Interim Chief Chris Evoy responded by saying he did live interviews with local media outlets on Monday once the campus got the all clear.

Investigators are still trying to figure out who is behind the threats, and would not go into detail about how they’re being made. Austin police and the FBI are assisting school police.

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