Olton schools put on lockout after threat on Friday, later lifted

Olton schools put on lockout after threat on Friday, later lifted
Source: Olton ISD, Facebook

OLTON, TX (KCBD) - A threatening message warranted an entire school lockout on Friday in the town of Olton.

The Olton Enterprise reported a man, Robert Hardcastle, posted a video apparently threatening the Olton community and was later interviewed by law enforcement officials. Reggie Holmes, Olton police chief, assured citizens the man was off the streets and no longer a danger to the community.

Authorities were able to arrest Hardcastle on Friday afternoon and charge him with a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony.  The video Hardcastle filmed was posted earlier in the week, according to the Enterprise.

However, Hardcastle's video did prompt the school district to go into the lockout, even though there was no direct threat to the schools. The school's superintendent, David Foote, said the lockout was put on just as a precaution.

"The City Police and the Sheriff's office have been aware of this threat since Wednesday evening and they assure us that our students are not in danger," school officials wrote in a Facebook post. "We have instituted a lockout at this point so that no one is allowed inside the building but parents or guardians."

KCBD NewsChannel 11 will update this story as more information becomes available.

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