Threatening note leads to increased security at two Arlington schools

Posted Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012  comments  Print Reprints

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ARLINGTON - Security has been heightened this week at Young Junior High and Miller Elementary schools in Arlington after a note containing an alleged threat to teachers and staff members was found over the weekend.

The school district sent a letter home to parents Monday about the increase in security personnel and a uniformed police presence at those west Arlington campuses while an investigation was under way.

"There was a note found on the property of Young Junior High School. We were notified by police and immediately started working with them to try to see if they could determine who could possibly have written it," district spokeswoman Amy Casas said Tuesday.

Casas said she could not release specific details about the note but said security would be increased at both schools "as long as we think it's necessary."

Here is the text of the note sent home to parents:

"I'd like to advise you of a situation currently under investigation by the Arlington Police Department. Sunday evening, a note was found on Young Junior High property that was threatening in nature. The alleged threats were directed at some teachers and staff at Young and Miller Elementary.

The APD acted immediately on this developing situation and notified the district. Enhanced security procedures with additional police and school district security personnel were put into place this morning.

The APD is still investigating this incident to identify the person responsible for making this threat. Due to the nature and sensitivity of the situation and the absence of a credible threat, the APD advised us that the notification of parents should occur this afternoon once more investigative details were learned.

The safety of our children and staff are the top priority for the district and the city. There is no imminent threat to students or staff at this time. We have daily security measures and plans in place for emergency situations. Campus entries are secure, with visitors required to show identification that is scanned through the V-soft visitor management system. Emergency plans include procedures for an intruder on campus, lockdowns and emergency drills, which take place routinely.

We will continue to work with the APD to resolve this situation. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office. If you see any suspicious activity, please call 911."

Susan Schrock, 817-709-7578

Twitter: @susanschrock

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