Anonymous threat called into Plainview ISD; authorities investigate as false threat

KCBD: Threat called in to Plainview ISD campuses

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Administration with Plainview Independent School District delayed school for two hours Thursday morning after the Plainview Police Department received an anonymous threat to one of the school’s campuses.

Plainview PD reported a 911 call was made at around 6:45 a.m. claiming there was a bomb at the school. The call did not specify what school the bomb was intended for but as a precaution the entire district issued a two-hour delay.

The call prompted an investigation by authorities such as the Plainview PD, Hale County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety, according to a City of Plainview news release. Though no threat was found on any campuses, Plainview PD will maintain a strong presence at the school for the remainder of the day and additional security measure will be taken to monitor the school.

Authorities also decided it was best to search as many schools in Plainview as possible, therefore administration with Wayland Baptist University allowed law enforcement authorities to search its campus as well, according to Plainview PD. The university also issued an alert and said classes and school offices would be up-and-running at 10:50 a.m.

All parents have received phone calls through the schools automated system to inform them of the situation. The school has said it will update its information as more details arise.

Troopers with Texas DPS search McDonald Hall on the Wayland Baptist University campus (Source: Ryan Crowe, KCBD)
Troopers with Texas DPS search McDonald Hall on the Wayland Baptist University campus (Source: Ryan Crowe, KCBD) (Source: Ryan Crowe, KCBD)

Students in the school after the delay was issued were taken to the Ollie Liner Center with school personnel.

Police now have reason to believe the call was a false threat and are currently investigating the issue. Those with any information into the threat are asked to call Plainview PD at 806-296-1183.

All absences will be excused for Thursday and will not count against students attendance.

The school’s superintendent H.T. Sanchez later issued an apology saying: “We apologize for the inconvenience and unnecessary anxiety that this situation puts on the students, staff and community in our school district, but please know that the safety and security of our staff and children are of upmost importance to Plainview ISD. We will continue to monitor today’s situation and continue to keep the safety and security of our students and staff as our highest priority.”

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