(Updated) Highland Park High School Evacuates Yet Again

Posted by    |    February 26th, 2013 at 11:47 am

A Highland Park High School mother gets a phone call in our office around 11 a.m.

“Is it something at the school again?”

It was. Again.

Highland Park High School evacuated at 11 a.m. today due to a threatening note. This is the fourth time the school has been evacuated in the past few months, although no legitimate threat been found.

A letter from the district says: 

Dear HPISD Parents & Staff,

Highland Park High School dismissed students at 11 a.m. today after a threatening note was found on campus.

Parents whose students need transportation may pick up their children at the multipurpose facility across from Highlander Stadium.

HPISD leaders will continue to work with police to investigate the threat. Last month, three similar notes were found at HPHS.

Parents, please talk with your children about how seriously any threats, written or otherwise, are taken on campus.

We will continue to keep you informed.

 

UPDATE:

Highland Park High School is officially on lockdown after .22-caliber bullet shells were found in the boy’s bathroom. Head to the Dallas Morning News for the full story and the automated message sent to HPHS parents at 10.49 a.m.

Maybe the threats will stop now that school is no longer simply being let out for the day. If this is a prank, like so many Dallasites are beginning to believe, it’s one that will have serious repercussions.

 

UPDATE:

Highland Park High School students have now been released for the day.

Parents received this letter from the district:

Dear HPISD Parents & Staff,

Highland Park High School is dismissing students from school today after a box of .22-caliber shells was found in a box in a boys restroom. Lockdown has been lifted and police will be assisting with security and traffic flow. In order to ensure an orderly release, students will be released by grade level. 

Parents may pick up students, and any students without transportation will stay in their classroom with their teacher until they can be picked up.

We want to thank parents, students and faculty for their cooperation and understanding. Safety is always our top priority.

HPISD will continue to update parents, students and staff through its emergency text-message system, email, and posts on the district website. 

 

Caitlin Clark is the Arts & Entertainment and Style Writer and Social Media Director for YouPlusDallas. Follow her on Twitter at @caitlinclark

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