Northeast Tarrant

Students receive more anonymous threats at L.D. Bell High School

This is one of the threats that students and staff members at L.D. Bell High School have received in the last 24-hours.
This is one of the threats that students and staff members at L.D. Bell High School have received in the last 24-hours.

Students at L.D. Bell High School have continued to receive anonymous and unsubstantiated threats at various times in the last 24 hours, police said Thursday.

Officers remained at the campus at 1601 Brown Trail as a precautionary measure, police Capt. Nate Duermeyer said Thusday in a news release.

“There is no lock down and classes continue as normal,” Duermeyer said in the release. “We can assure you that we are monitoring social media and are continuing to investigate the threats.”

Duermeyer said he could not disclose all details of the investigation.

Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district superintendent Steven A. Chapman kept Bell parents abreast of the situation through emails Thursday.

“We believe this may be an attempt by a student, or group of students, to disrupt the normal operation of L.D. Bell High School,” he wrote in a message Thursday afternoon.

Earlier, he said the district was working with local and federal law enforcement agencies “to investigate any and all potential threats to student or staff,” and he encouraged students and staff to report any information regarding a potential threat to an HEB ISD campus. He also said the district would increase police presence on campuses if necessary.

“Parents, please help your students understand that making a threat against a school, even intended as a joke, is an extremely serious offense,” he wrote. He warned of possible repercussions, including criminal charges and expulsion for making such a threat.

More than 3,000 emails were sent out on Thursday, but several parents reported not receiving an alert.

“These threats are getting more frequent and more detailed in what they are going to do,” said the parent of a Bell senior in an email to the Star-Telegram. She was not being identified because a suspect had not been arrested. She also did not receive an alert. “My daughter is not in school,” she said.

School officials noted the school has an enrollment of about 2,288 students, and there were not a high percentage of students absent, they said.

“Some common situations when parents aren’t receiving emails are parents who unsubscribed from the emails, blocked the emails or sorted them into a spam category,” school district spokesman Dave Nielsen said in an email.

On Wednesday, more than 15 students and staff members at the school received the threats in electronically transmitted messages.

Students were kept in classrooms Wednesday morning for about an hour, as officers performed a sweep of the campus and investigated, a school official said.

The threats were received about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and indicated there would be a shooting at 9:59 a.m., said school district spokeswoman Deanne Hullender.

Anyone with information should call Tarrant County Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477 or tips can be submitted to http://www.469tips.com.

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